"At school you might have been prodded to come “out of your shell”—that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and that some humans are just the same."
Emotional/Verbal/Psychological Abuse Resource List →
E/V/P Abuse is far too unnoticed, often overshadowed by other forms of abuse. It is absolutely just as harmful as physical and sexual abuse and neglect but is often harder to get help for (for most people) or recognize because there is no tangible/physical evidence. Not only that, but too often it…
"Truly abusive relationships sometimes end up morphing into a version of Stockholm Syndrome, where instead of turning into a martyr, you adapt to the conditions created by your emotional terrorist and you even start becoming exactly like them. You manipulate before you have the opportunity to be manipulated, kick before you have the chance to get kicked, disrespect in the sack before you have the chance to be disrespected."
"Prodding poor parents to get even more involved is really just a callous disregard for the fact that parental involvement–while ideal–is a luxury that not all families can afford."
"Where will I buy a plane ticket for just me? Who will carry my small army of suitcases? I don’t know who to call my husband anymore, or what to call myself."