In my recovery work as an adult child of an alcoholic and a mentally ill parent, and the wife of person with an extreme personality, I came across a great book by Patricia Evans called The Verbally Abusive Relationship, and I learned that she has a website with helpful links at http://www.verbalabuse.com.
Finally, I understand how I could be an intelligent person and yet have my head in the sand for so long!
When someone slaps you, it is an obvious abuse. But when someone simply tells you you’re not good enough, it doesn’t register as abuse. When you hear it time after time after time after time…you begin to believe it, and it becomes damaging.
I used to wake up two hours before hubby to make the day perfect for him by the time he got…
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