Did your parents dominate your childhood? Did they loom over you in an overprotective fashion? Did they lash out when you got things wrong or stepped outside of their deemed norms? This style of authoritative parenting makes us fearful and insecure, as well as (according to scien…
Yes. My father lashed out frequently. One day he was having a heated argument with my mom and I started to cry in my bedroom. He came in, red-faced, and started screaming at me to stop crying.
The way my father treated me and still treats me today has had a serious impact on my mental health, my self-esteem, and the way I see myself.
Since I was little all I did was try my best to please him. There were plenty of situations in which he made me feel like a failure for not reaching his expectations.