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I Have Toxic Family Members

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    I'm Fed Up With These People I Have To Call Family.

    An uncle in law once said in a thanksgiving prayer that this was a family of faith. It's more like a family of hypocrites. i have spent a good portion of my life feeling guilty about my wrongs and yeah, I still do certain things wrong. But the difference between myself and others...
    sadmoon sadmoon 26-30, M Jul 17, 2011

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    My Mom Trys To Control Me....

    I love my mom and I know she loves me, but she can't seem to understand why I listen to the music I do (Rock music and some emo.) I really want to dye my hair black, my hair is dark brown so it wouldn't cause much different but she won't let me. It's heart breaking when I think I...
    mysteryteen mysteryteen 18-21, F Oct 16, 2011

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    Toxicy That Spans Generations

    I am 55 and the middle daughter of 3 females born to parents who were both teachers and now are deceased. My earliest memories were of violence being inflicted upon my mother by my father and my own emotional trauma which followed. I was also beaten viciously and subjected to...
    sue60565 sue60565 51-55, F 4 Responses Oct 9, 2011

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    My mother was controlling

    and domineering during my childhood and early teen years. It forced me into a significant rebellion as I chose to attend a college three states away. After graduation I returned to home and found a good job, while living at home. One and a half years later I was offered a...
    stuckinacorner stuckinacorner 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 1, 2013

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    Help! Toxic Family Poisoning My Friends...who's Right?

    I have three adult kids, two of which live with my mom for various reasons. My mom has always been controlling and manipulative-she somehow managed (my fault...I admit) to make my oldest daughter (22) this way too and the both of them are now turning my youngest daughter (19...
    bgyldy bgyldy 41-45 May 2, 2012

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    Toxic "relative" Who Isn't A Relative

    The toxic person in my life isn't someone who is a relative, so I do hope I can talk about them here. The person in question is my mother's boyfriend/housemate, who I'll refer to as "Idiot". Idiot has been with my mother for about 16 years, and while he used to be an okay...
    StrawberryPocky StrawberryPocky 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 6, 2010

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    Toxic Family Makes Me Sick

    Ever since my dad passed away when I was 9, my mom began her mission...to groom me into her personal servant. Don't get me wrong, mom worked for a living and I did get what I wanted for the most part. But what I didn't know was all those things she gave me, was just a bribe to...
    bgyldy bgyldy 41-45 3 Responses Sep 12, 2011

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    I grew up in what could be called a

    'Narcissistic Family'. The parent agenda, took priority over the needs of my sister and me. Everything revolved around what my father decided was important or of value, mostly it related to money in one way or another. Narcissism is like a virus on one side of my family and...
    ILAMA2 ILAMA2 41-45, F Jun 20

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    Toxic Siblings

    I didn't realize it while it was happening, but I grew up in a severely dysfunctional family. I have two older sisters and two younger brothers. My father was bipolar, and my mom realized it after my oldest sister was born, but she kept having children with him.  Anyway, there...
    mystery54 mystery54 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 27, 2011

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    I Am Broken Earth....

    ....and I am an Empath* who comes from a toxic family. Even as I write these words I keep checking over my shoulder at the door to make sure no one is going to come barging into my room and look at my laptop (as my sister often does) and report me to those in authority, my...
    Brokenearthchild Brokenearthchild 18-21 2 Responses Oct 8, 2011

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    I've been hated and disliked by my cousins

    and their mother since I was born. My aunt couldn't stand that I was put on a pedestal for being smart and pretty and doing everything right. While her kids failed a grade and the one still in high school failed twice. My younger cousin which I love so much hardly comes around...
    FutureVet2014 FutureVet2014 18-21, F Jun 19

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    Family Secrets

    I always feel invisible with my fa ily.Always felt their was something going on .My mom hide thi gs from grandparents and acted like something else like evil.I feel like she has a secrete or secrets .She knows how tp trick people lie to .One time I got in fight with my mom she...
    kellner27 kellner27 18-21, F Jun 26, 2013

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    Control Freak Mom

    My mom is controlling an manipulative.  She has made a couple of suicide attempts when something doesn't go her way and everytime she gets upset about something she either talks about killing herself or how she wishes she would not wake up in the morning.  My brother...
    tmckiddy tmckiddy 41-45 1 Response Sep 15, 2010

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    Toxic Family And Mother'S Death

    My mother passed away in January rather suddenly. I never realized just how toxic things were until just recently. After waiting months to go over her estate we finally got together for that very thing last night. All I asked for was a ring given to me at my grandmother's funeral...
    poncamom poncamom 36-40 2 Responses Jun 2, 2013

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    I Think I Do, Anyways....

    I've heard the term before, and I just did some research. Would you (anyone with a toxic family/parents) say this article is accurate?http://www.webheights.net/GrowingbeyondEmotionalAbuse/sforward/sftp.htmBecause if it is, I'm from a toxic family. Not the childhood stuff; my mom...
    Photogirl7 Photogirl7 18-21, F Feb 12, 2012

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    My Sister Has Become My Mother

    Last spring I chose to move closer to family.  This was a choice.  I had an apartment, I had a life... but I missed my family and couldn't afford to spend $1,000 on visits several times a year.So I relocated to the state my family had moved off to.  My sister agreed to let me...
    Sapphowolf Sapphowolf 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 27, 2011

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    I Am Broken Earth...(Part 2)

    I did end up moving in, and am actually writing this from a professional grade laptop Healing Water helped me pay for so I can start writing. (Which I haven't gotten past the notebook research stage yet, heh.) I just wanted to touch base because it's been a while and quite a bit...
    Brokenearthchild Brokenearthchild 18-21 Feb 24, 2013

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    My sister and mom are thick

    as theives. I had a huge awakening about 5 months ago. Things I always thought were off and things that hapoened i always just let go and brushed off. They planned an entire trip taking my 5 year old 1000 miles away to where my sister lives without even including me! i was TOLD...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 days ago

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    My Struggle With Toxic People As Well As My Family

    Well not sure where to start. I realise after many years and many interesting life expereinces it is due to possibly the lack of coping skills I had as a child, teen and even adult. I am from a family of 3 older sisters and 2 parents. I wished they had of put me up for adoption...
    elemental elemental 31-35 1 Response Dec 30, 2008

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    My Mother-in-law Fits Most Of The Eight Known Toxic Personality Types

    My MIL is a "victim". Everything is always about her. Everything needs to be made more convenient for her. Every decision that her family members make in their lives is subject to criticism and how it affects her. And, the biggest, real victim in this whole thing: her seven-year...
    amsivory amsivory 31-35 2 Responses Jun 4, 2011

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    My family is toxic my mother is crazy

    but she won't admit it although I'm not blaming her because she's married to my dad he always needs to control something or someone in a way that makes you feel ashamed and embarrassed Ive got a lot of issues because of him.
    jessica1996j jessica1996j 18-21, F Jun 21

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    Why Do I Let Her Do This To Me?!?!

    My mother hadn't been to my house in over a year-until today. My husband and I bought this house 3 years ago, and have put a ton of work into it. We tore things down, put things up, painted, replaced...you name it, we've probably done it. This house is miles from where it was...
    bgyldy bgyldy 41-45 1 Response Jun 29, 2012

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    When i was a child my mother was

    so overprotective and never ever treat me with respect, she never allows me to decorate my own room the way i like and always throw away my favourite things just because she feels those things are garbage. One of those things are like letters and cards from my friends, which i...
    thesimpletruth77 thesimpletruth77 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 21, 2014

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    Mom ~ physically beat us

    and calls it discipline. Cousin ~ poor me, everybody hates me because I'm fat...let me drag you into my drama. Uncle ~ (cousin's adoptive dad) spends money like crazy and burns bridges with this pyramid 'jobs' But they are all legally insane, so it's not their fault. Right...
    teadiva teadiva 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 20

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    My Sister Has Become My Mother

    Last spring I chose to move closer to family.  This was a choice.  I had an apartment, I had a life... but I missed my family and couldn't afford to spend $1,000 on visits several times a year.So I relocated to the state my family had moved off to.  My sister agreed to let me...
    Sapphowolf Sapphowolf 46-50, F Oct 27, 2011

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    I'm talking about my fathers side of the family.

    They always have stuff to say about people, even though that person is a friend to them or they didn't do anything in general. So this morning I woke up to hear how my dad believes I'm raising the electricity bill because I'm charging my phone and my laptop. Well maybe if my...
    gorgeusgirlSky3 gorgeusgirlSky3 13-15 1 Response Jun 20

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    My grandma seems to dislike me.

    I'm told that I'm her favorite, and I believe it, but being near her is so bad for me, mentally. Once I felt like I should take my life, and one other time I tried, and it was all because she had driven me to it. I also have a special necklace that I wear all the time and never...
    zydeko zydeko 18-21 Jun 19

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    My mother invited herself to my doctoral

    commencement ceremony, albeit in a polite way. Despite much pain, tears, and lost energy over the years dealing with her and the things she says and does sometimes, I resolved to maintain (infrequent) contact with her, and my dad, but on my own terms. When I read her email...
    virignis virignis 26-30, M Feb 16

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    I am grateful that they provided me with a house to live in and everything else to live off from but other than that I really don't like some my family. Some have made it clear...
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    So I'm not trying to write a sob story, I guess I'm just looking for some kind of motivation or support or even coping strategies that may have worked for some people. So this is...
    HippieRose HippieRose 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    My first childhood memory is me and my dad making paper planes and sending them from the window of the flat in 5st. building where my grandma lived. The second is my mum leaving...
    tripwithzip tripwithzip 26-30, F 5 days ago

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    MissGaga MissGaga 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I just need to vent a little... My father-in-law is driving me bonkers. He asked his children, the four of them, for help. He's gotten to an age and health where he really can't...
    Ceraia Ceraia 36-40, F 8 Responses a week ago

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    I would love to post the pic that was left for me by my sister my family had continuously degraded me, hurt me, shamed me all my life . my sister became a quadriplegic in 1986...
    pearly1991 pearly1991 41-45, F Jun 25

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    sunshine126 sunshine126 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 25

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    My whole family from my mother's side is broken. Everyone of them. Out of all my mother's 4 siblings, all of them have suffered, including her. I honestly think it's just like a...
    IAmJustMyself IAmJustMyself 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 25

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