6 posts tagged with abuse and psychology.
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Why is abuse so formulaic?

After reading around forums on parental abuse, I'm struck by how often my mother has a behaviour/opinion/specific threat or saying that is so common it could've come from an official handbook. My parents didn't have a parenting 'philosophy', they just did what they liked and didn't give it much thought. How is it possible that these isolated, fairly unaware people could be reproducing the exact same abusive behaviour I've read over and over, committed thousands of miles away? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Jun 28, 2016 - 19 answers

Perhaps I should become a Buddhist monk and leave the situation.

Wow. My sexuality is really messed up. [more inside]
posted by Jake Apathy on Jun 17, 2006 - 32 answers

Why do some victims become perpetrators?

What are the various theoretical frameworks for understanding why victims of abuse often 'deal' with their trauma by becoming perpetrators themselves? What explanations have been suggested, for example, as to why sexually molested children often grow up into sexually-molesting adults? The one that comes to mind is that the victim somehow feels he can master the trauma by becoming its perpetrator. What, or who, is the origin of this theory? Is it Freud? Does it (still) have any currency in professional circles? What, if any, other theories have been suggested?
posted by ori on Feb 18, 2006 - 22 answers

Need help in choosing a psychologist.

Need help in choosing a psychologist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2005 - 13 answers

Flinging apples far from the tree?

What leads to a child/young adult picking up a parent's behavior (good or bad), rather than rebelling against it? [more inside]
posted by ontic on Aug 5, 2005 - 13 answers

How do you best support a survivor of childhood abuse?

How do you best support a survivor of childhood abuse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2005 - 17 answers

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