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  •  Many People Are Wrecked By Shame And Guilt..... (9+ / 0-)

    ....and they can't even tell you what they are feeling guilty about.

    As a child there was a period where it looked like my mother might die.  I never believed it, partly  because nobody ever said "If you upset your mother, she might get sick and die."

    Anyway, she got surgery (removed a dead kidney) and she's still bouncing around at 80.

    But I told this to a friend who has a lot of anxiety problems, and he looked startled and said "My parents used to tell me if I upset my parents my mother would get sick!"

    And I said "From what?  Aside from smoking 2 packs a day, she's still healthy as a horse."

    He said "Nobody ever told me what it meant," but he still has terrible guilt.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Tue May 07, 2013 at 09:43:44 AM PDT

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