Shame and Coldness Damage the Roots From Which One Grows.

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

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