#verbal

A man struggles to come to terms with growing up in an endless torrent of verbal abuse - often FAR more damaging than physical abuse...

Dear Stef:

My upbringing was rife with verbal manipulation, alongside occasional physical violence. My parents since have divorced and I have had a very easy out from my relationship with my father although I still live with my mother. Yet I have continued to see my father on a semi regular basis.

Physical violence/threat has entirely stopped as of 15 (intimidation whilst yelling) but the verbal manipulation still hasn't ("conspiracy theory" & you're just young (note: his focus on experience over principles) etc.).

I, as far as I'm aware, have denormalised this behaviour yet I still feel compelled to continue the relationship.

Notes: Stef, you noticed I was using (inappropriately) ambiguous language; and my father flatly rejects the "against me" argument.

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