“The majority of people you accept as authority figures in your life will abuse you. Your act of accepting their authority constitutes permission to them to abuse you. You may say “but I didn’t know they would take advantage of me.” And I say to you, brother or sister, “Wise up. Take responsibility for your life. Realize that you bought the farm. Stop trying to blame another for the choices you make.”
You gave permission. Perhaps you did not know how bad it would be. The abuse came, as it frequently does, wrapped in sugar coated promises. Friendship may have been offered. Or financial security. Or companionship. Or sex. You name it. It doesn’t matter what the bait was. You swallowed it and you got hooked. Be wiser next time.”
Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”
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