TW: discussion of triggering events, what it means to be triggered
When you have abuse in your past, you usually end up having triggers. Some of them are known and pretty obvious, but sometimes you can be surprised by what triggers you. I recently found myself triggered by the mention of a children’s book.
TW: general flying monkey sorts of behaviors
I have an older relative (who I’ll call OR from here on) who I went to visit recently. During the visit, she went into full flying monkey mode on behalf of my estranged parents.
TW: Parental estrangement, shaming, victim-blaming
In June 2017, Psychology Today published an article about unloved daughters, and how our culture often sides with estranged parents.
TW: Descriptions of psychological abuse of a child.