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posted ago by imissvoat ago by imissvoat +51 / -1

Each..and...every...time...I'm around my leftist family, which thankfully is down to once or twice per year now, I literally can feel the energy leaving my body in their presence. Even when I attempt to have a decent time, I come away mentally drained and exhausted that take me days to recover. This has been increasing in severity as their outlandish communist beliefs also increase in severity over the years. I think it is just my brain trying to keep up with processing the nonsense I hear while also restraining myself from acting out, but I do wonder if they are some sort of communist energy vampires on a metaphysical level, and I'm being totally serious, even if they don't know they are doing it, it could just come with the communist package so to speak.

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Taffy333 4 points ago +4 / -0

For the same reasons, I've neither seen nor spoken with my parents and one of my sisters for 20 years. I had to eliminate another sister 11 years ago. Fortunately I have one very sweet sister who's cut from the same mold I am, who understands why I did what I did and doesn't judge me, and she and I interact several times a week.

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Taffy333 3 points ago +3 / -0

Oh, what a horrible thing to experience and I'm so sorry for your 14-year-old self.

I was 28 when it dawned on me that as long as I engaged with my family, the unpleasant experiences I had with them would continue, but I've always been very family-oriented (it's just who I am), so it took me another 20 years and a really huge simultaneous metaphorical slap in the face from my parents and one sister for me to walk away, and it didn't even bother me to do it. The last 20 years of my life have been the happiest I've ever known.

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undine53 2 points ago +2 / -0

Well done. Nothing worse than being controlled and made to feel guilty. I spent years thinking I was to blame for being abused, then realised it was a satanic lie. Forgave, prayed for my mum and step-dad and got free and happy. Got the chance to reconnect with them years later, treasure the way she said she was grateful I'd forgiven her. God is good.