Sunday, July 17, 2016

Quote of the Day

Her therapist encouraged her to weigh up the good times against the bad and told her that as an adult she must understand that perfect parents simply do not exist, that all parents make mistakes.  But this is not the point.  The point is that this adult woman needed to develop empathy for the little girl she had once been, the little girl whose sufferings went unnoticed, who was used for the interests of her parents and who thanks to her unusual gifts was consummately good at living up to these expectations, although no one spared her sufferings so much as a thought.

-- Alice Miller, The Body Never Lies, p. 154

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