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Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which one grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare. – Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. I read this quote on another blog: http://vayjaybrigade.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/deserving/ The roots from which I grew were my parents, and they parented me with: Shame: sexual abuse Blame: they said it was my fault that they abused me Disrespect: still continuing in my “old age” Betrayal: choosing the perpetrator over me Withholding