Take a grain of truth, wrap with hatred and malice, slather generously with a critical spirit. Serve up constantly with breakfast, lunch and dinner and watch the wife and kiddies develop into raging lunatics, complete with oozing internal sores, easy to jab anytime you feel like having a little fun.
Nothing like the delicious anticipation of watching a teenager self implode while awaiting that prime moment you get to crush them for disrespecting your God-ordained authority.
I have a survivor crush on Lundy Bancroft, no lie. His latest article over at Healing and Hope, is brilliant with a clarity available only to someone who’s fought Goliath a few dozen times.
Here’s number three on his list of reasons *not* to accept your abusers twisted viewpoint:
(I’d like to just quote the whole article but that seems a wee bit naughty)
3) Because he’s ignoring how profoundly his mistreatment of you has contributed to these problems, or even created them entirely. When you live with a chronically insulting and undermining partner, your self-esteem suffers, your friendships suffer, your concentration suffers. He’s certainly not helping – he’s making everything worse.
One of the reasons we accept the poisonous insults lobbed our way involves the nature of the sandwich. We can hear the truth and identify. We cannot discern the malicious intent behind the words. There’s no point trying. Throw the whole thing away and start from scratch.
Thank you, Dr. Bancroft.
You can read the entire article here: When His Put-Downs Sound True