Author: Don Shetterly

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Normal Or Abnormal –  Sexual Abuse Is Devastating

Normal Or Abnormal – Sexual Abuse Is Devastating

Where do I start trying to describe the sexual abuse and inappropriateness that I experienced? It was pervasive in my house, from downright [...]
Normal Or Abnormal – Explosive Rage And Domestic Violence

Normal Or Abnormal – Explosive Rage And Domestic Violence

Explosive rage was an everyday occurrence from my dad. Domestic abuse was sprinkled in at random times. You could call it a war zone, but it [...]
Normal Or Abnormal – Psychological Control And Isolation

Normal Or Abnormal – Psychological Control And Isolation

Psychological control and isolation were a way of life in my house. While they may be abnormal behavior, it seemed all too normal to me. We w [...]
Normal Or Abnormal – Agonizing Pet Abuse

Normal Or Abnormal – Agonizing Pet Abuse

Unfortunately, pet abuse was all too normal in my house. Growing up, my pets were very important to me but were not treated well around my famil [...]
Normal Or Abnormal –  Dealing With Stress Effectively

Normal Or Abnormal – Dealing With Stress Effectively

Plain and simple, we never learned much about dealing with stress effectively. In our house, you had to hide your stress. If you had stress, it [...]
Normal Or Abnormal – Sabotaging Self-Care

Normal Or Abnormal – Sabotaging Self-Care

There was no taking care of ourselves. From not being able to bathe but once a week on Saturday night before church on Sunday, to being told to s [...]
Normal Or Abnormal – Boundary And Privacy Issues

Normal Or Abnormal – Boundary And Privacy Issues

In my house, there was no privacy. There were no boundaries. From my dad watching us dress and undress, to forcing us to take showers together as [...]
Normal Or Abnormal – Father Was In Poor Health

Normal Or Abnormal – Father Was In Poor Health

All my life my father was in poor health. I remember very few days where my dad didn't have some ache, pain, or health issue. I am not blam [...]
Normal Or Abnormal – Genuine Emotion, Hugs, Affection

Normal Or Abnormal – Genuine Emotion, Hugs, Affection

For me, hugs, emotion, and affection were shown in strange ways. Lines were so blurred that it was hard to know where boundaries were. I remember [...]
10 Unbelievable Normal Or Abnormal Experiences

10 Unbelievable Normal Or Abnormal Experiences

What is normal or abnormal? Those two questions seem relatively easy to answer, but in all reality, they are much more complicated than most of u [...]
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