April 1, 2021 at 10:11 am #376918TeaKParticipant
“I don’t know why it is so difficult to accept that we were abused as children, why instead of facing to what happened, we just accept it as love… I guess part of it is because we still want to cling to that love that all children really need to survive. We can’t let go of the illusion that we were not always loved or that we were not loved at all in extreme cases…”
Yes, I believe it’s because the child, even if severely abused, rather blames themselves than the parent for the abuse. Because if the child is guilty, there’s at least hope in their mind that once they “become better”, the parent will stop the abuse and finally show them love. If on the other hand it’s the parent’s fault, the child cannot cope with the idea that they are left at the mercy of an abusive parent, and that they are helpless about it. So by blaming themselves and exculpating the parent – they’re actually able to hope that some day it will be better, they they will get what they need, if only they change. So yes, it’s an unconscious survival mechanism…
“But mistreatments and abuse are way beyond and much more complicated than just physical harm caused to children. Silent treatments, emotional blackmail, power control, withdrawals, judgements, demands.. Why are children brought up this way? Why do we damage the most innocent beings in such cruel ways and they just turn a blind eye to everything and want to be loved by anyone…”
Well, because our parents were wounded children themselves, and if they don’t heal their wounds, they simply transfer it to us. I remember my mother when she was younger didn’t want to be like her mother, but then later became exactly like her, and was even glorifying her, even if her mother was very cold and strict. She refused to see there was any problem with her mother, and she also refuses to see there was any problem with how she brought me up. Many people unfortunately refuse to take responsibility for their actions and they just keep repeating those same old destructive patterns…
It is all very sad but also incredibly awakening for me as I am not a parent yet luckily and I absolutely understand the full moral responsibility of being one now. I know I must work out through my own traumas and issues, so I pass none of that onto my children. So I never live in the past.
It’s great that you’re aware of those things and will become a much more conscious parent. Luckily, there are many conscious parenting trainings and seminars out there, which can be very helpful. I myself am not a parent, and it’s partially because for a long time I haven’t felt emotionally ready to be a mother, because I haven’t received a good example from my own mother. So it’s wonderful that you’re working on healing your emotional wounds… But also know that it’s enough to be a “good enough” mother (you can look it up what it means), you don’t need to be perfect, and the child doesn’t need a perfect mother, but just “good enough”. But that too is only possible if we’ve solved our core emotional wounds…
I genuinely want to break free from my past. The work on myself is constant and part of me wishes there was a way to end all the problems in one go.
Yeah, I know… Perhaps it would help if you’d take a look at the Maslow’s pyramid of needs, because it lists our core emotional needs. In order to break free from our past, I believe we need to meet those core needs – the need for safety, security, love and belonging, and recognition/validation. It’s not like one should work in a linear fashion on those wounds, from the bottom up, but still, for me, it helped me a lot to observe myself in the context of those core needs.May 14, 2021 at 2:57 pm #379890
Dear TeaK and Anita,
I wanted to thank you both for writing to me and your very helpful and compassionate posts. I took a break from posting, as had a lot to “digest”.
My anxiety issues haven’t stopped, but interestingly enough, intrusive images have stopped…i have no idea why. Unfortunately, free therapy I signed up for still didn’t start, I’m still on their waitlist. Hopefully soon! 🙂
I have thought a lot about these issues we discussed, about my childhood, about any person’s childhood really and I realised this problem is extremely deep. It definitely doesn’t stop with our parents. Although we all acknowledge our parents were hurt in one way or another by their own parents and that’s why they were hurting us, I think we are still playing the blaming game. I realised this problem is so deep and goes so far back, that healing through loving an inner child and cutting out a parent that hurt that child is only a partial healing ….because our parents are not to blame, we are all to blame. We as humanity.
Whole families, generations, societies, cultures, whole humanity is to blame that we keep re-creating this suffering. I suffered at the hands of my parents, but I understand why they thought what they did was a good thing to do. I know very few parents actually purposefully hurt their children, they say even serious drug addicts say they love their children.
We need to cut out toxic people who want to harm us and end these relationships, but the way out of this darkness is somewhere else. I don’t know where this journey takes me, but I’m exploring to see possibilitiesMay 14, 2021 at 2:58 pm #379891
Other than than, I hope you are both doing well! And wishing you lots of positive emotions and happy times 🙂 Enjoy the summer!May 14, 2021 at 3:51 pm #379893
Good to read back from you and thank you for your good wishes. You wrote: “Whole families, generations, societies, cultures, whole humanity is to blame that we keep re-creating this suffering”- I agree, well stated!
anitaMay 14, 2021 at 4:02 pm #379894
Edit: “whole families, generations.. (are) to blame”- except for the children in each family, the young children born into families, into generations.. not knowing what they are born into, trusting.. not knowing yet that their trust is to be broken.
anitaMay 15, 2021 at 1:27 am #379903TeaKParticipant
good to hear from you again! I am very glad your intrusive images have stopped. First there was a change of image, which was a good sign, and now it’s gone completely. Fantastic! It has to be related to your healing and better understanding of your childhood and how you were hurt without even being aware of it. You embraced that little girl, and I believe it resulted in those intrusive images to stop.
Although we all acknowledge our parents were hurt in one way or another by their own parents and that’s why they were hurting us, I think we are still playing the blaming game. I realised this problem is so deep and goes so far back, that healing through loving an inner child and cutting out a parent that hurt that child is only a partial healing ….because our parents are not to blame, we are all to blame. We as humanity.
When we truly heal, it doesn’t mean we necessarily cut out the parent that hurt us. Rather, we can relate to them differently, having compassion and open heart, but also protecting our boundaries. We heal our side of the relationship, we’re ready and open for a more sincere contact, but if the parent is stuck in their own wounds, blaming us, then we can’t really establish a deeper contact. But it depends on the parent, not on us.
The goal of the inner child healing is not to blame the parents, but to forgive them. We are all wounded children, with the difference that some of us decide to work on it, heal it and take responsibility for our lives, while many others take the easier route of blaming others. Misery propagates because people who refuse to work on themselves keep blaming others for their misery. Entire nations and ethnic groups blame each other. That’s what brings tragedy and war. But those who decide to stop blaming and take responsibility for their lives are the ones who bring humanity forward, who contribute to peace and healing.
I wish you too a nice, hopefully less restricted summer, and lots of positive emotions too!June 27, 2021 at 1:29 pm #382015
Back in March you wrote that you were on a 3-month waiting list for therapy. It is now later June and I wonder if therapy materialized for you. I also wonder.. how are you??
anitaJuly 7, 2021 at 4:02 am #382547
So good to hear from you 🙂 I am well! How are you??
I have been in London for the last 1 month, mainly packing up my stuff and saying my goodbyes to this city. I spent half of my life here and now onto the next chapter 🙂
So interesting that you wrote right before my CBT started. You must have had some feeling for it. I had my first session with my therapist and she is a really nice woman. We are scheduled to start CBT from 20th of July. And at the moment I am on my way to a 10day meditation course.
How is life going for you?
Thanks for checking on me again 🙂July 7, 2021 at 6:35 am #382548
You are welcome, and good to read back from you! I fell in love with London the first time I visited it- it was the most enjoyable and magical week of my life. Visits afterwards did not recapture that magic. Still, my memories of that first week are exquisite. Good to read that you are well and I hope that the next chapter in your life is a good one and that the CBT therapy works well for you.
I am fine, and worried about climate change ever since the heat wave here of a couple of weeks ago when temperature shot up to unprecedent (!!!) highs for three very hot days. Since then the feel of global warming registered in my brain and body and I know.. know, know that it’s real. The expected suffering of millions and millions of people as the heat increases is worrying me. What are your thoughts on the matter?