Verbal Abuse: Finally Seeing The Truth

VerballyAbusiveRelationshipThis week I realized that I am ready to return to wholeness. This past Sunday I had a huge fight with my dad. It was the first time in my life that I actually threatened to hit him if he didn’t stop yelling at me about a trivial detail of that moment. It was the second time in my life that I raised my voice at him to match his volume. And in my 33 years, it was maybe the 3rd or 4th that I even spoke up or defended myself against his constant attacks, criticism and irrational and unpredictable aggressive outbursts. It took extreme courage for me to use my voice that day, and the novelty of it blew both of us away. I have never threatened to hit anyone in my life, and don’t feel proud of needing to take it that far, but I do feel my life is different since Sunday. Continue reading