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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ―Edmund Burke

Do you ever get over…

…childhood abuse?

And if you’re not fully human, do you ever learn to pass?

Ah well. I guess if you haven’t learned to cope by the time you’re 72, you’re not going to.

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  1. I could go into this in great detail but, suffice it to say, the trauma of abuse in babies and children follows us throughout childhood and adolescence and into adult life. I believe that we never get over it. There are good days/weeks/months and awful days/weeks/months. It helps to talk about it and get it out, but as for getting totally over it? No, I don’t think so. The brain damage is done WAY before we are ever able to deal with it or process it on a cognizant level. Consider the tremendous pace of brain formation and development in children aged 5 and younger – it’s incredible. If a child is enduring trauma at the same time that the brain is forming its ‘self’, it’s plain to see that there are going to be problems right from the start. Shame, guilt, and embarrassment are all unhealthy feelings that abused children suppress (often for years) and those feelings begin to surface time and again and manifest in all sorts of negative ways as we grow older. The damage that is done to the brain is very real ….. but one thing I have learned to do when it comes to thinking about the past and the perpetrators is: UNCOVER, DISCOVER, DISCARD. Acknowledge the abuse, examine the situation, then let it go. Each stage will take as long as it needs to take. Years later, I’m still working on the ‘discard’ stage.

  2. Yeah. Sometimes external things happen that just bring it all back. Which puts one in one of those deep indigo moods… phbphbt!

    Was cheered up by the choir this morning, though. All it takes, really, is _one_ person to be nice to you. 😉

  3. No. Quest has it right. The effects are always there and the best we can do is try to find work arounds, which is what the “letting go” is about.