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    make a huge difference. I'm female but experienced something similar to your first scenario. I had extremely abusive parents who nearly destroyed me, but my neighbor's mother was always encouraging and spoke a lot of positive things into me, and she became my role model. I also had a couple teachers in grade school who saw that I was downtrodden and tried to build me up, which I greatly appreciate.

    Over the years, when in various situations, I always asked myself, "What would Mrs. X [the neighbor] do?" She was almost like a second mom to me, but the kinder, nurturing mother I wished I had. I credit these three people with the fact that my life turned out okay in the end.

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