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Growing Kids the Abusive Way: Auriel’s Story, Part Three — Mini-Parents

“For both of my parents, I served as a surrogate spouse. I mediated their fights, hoping they wouldn’t escalate to violence. They would come to me as their confidant. Dad would complain to me about Mom, sharing his quandaries, wondering how to deal with her. He even consulted me as to whether he should divorce my mom when I was 14, or if he should take her to a psychiatric hospital when she was suicidal.”

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How I Learned To Stop Being Afraid and Love Other Religions: Part Two, When Buddhism Saved My Life

“What C. taught me about emotions is one of the most important lessons I have ever learned in my life. Growing in the conservative Christian homeschool world, where first-time obedience and purity culture were rampant, I was taught to distance myself from my emotions, to be afraid of them: Don’t be angry at adults. Anger is rebellion. Don’t look at attractive women. You will lust. Don’t be sad. You must set an example for others.”

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