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  •  My group consisted of a lot of men (6+ / 0-)

    with "coming-out issues" who, typically, had suffered enough abuse by their parents to be unable to be honest about their sexuality (and other important factors in their lives).  Of course, there might be many other issues.

    Getting them to dump on their parents was almost impossible regardless of the horrible stories they told.  After a while, however (having heard the revelations of others), they slowly started to share their true feelings.  

    Then something happened that was almost predictable: the first parent they talked about was usually the one with the egregious behavior.  

    But the second parent was the one for whom the most anger was felt...because he/she hadn’t provided protection from the former.  Even in emotional turmoil (or especially), the mind’s power of self-preservation is fascinating.

    (-7.75, -7.69) No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up - Lily Tomlin

    by john07801 on Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 03:18:44 PM PDT

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