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I Have Toxic Family Members

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Jun 29

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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 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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    Related Experiences

    My family is ver supportive with the situation am going thru right now . Am so blessed to have a family like mines.
    prettiieve prettiieve 22-25, F 26 mins ago

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    I just love being in grade 11 and not allowed to do ****... 😏little do they know
    AnnaE2424 AnnaE2424 16-17, F 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I love when my parents take out every ounce of their stress and frustration on me! - Said no teenager ever
    0KatieKat0 0KatieKat0 18-21, F 2 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    So therefore I am here on EP. My family, friends and relatives are so judge mental, all they just care about is gossip instead of giving support. Sucks, but life goes on.
    BrokenAngel7 BrokenAngel7 36-40, F 9 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    I have lost contact with my little brother. Mostly because of my own last years struggling with my own personal life...but partly because his wife and I never really have become...
    SteinHansson SteinHansson 46-50, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    When no one builds you up and only cuts you down, it's hard to feel confident. Sure, they say you can ignore people who put you down, but when it's your family, how do you ignore...
    Daquiri928 Daquiri928 46-50, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I finally Bought the Gaming PC i wanted from my parents but when the school year started she said dont touch the PC and read some books and do something else and i told her 10...
    ThePsychoMantis ThePsychoMantis 16-17, M 3 days ago

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    Paranoid schizophrenic. My aunt has been having increasingly worse delusions, especially since she retired. Since she is not a harm to herself or others, there's no requirement for...
    XlizrocksY XlizrocksY 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    Spoke to my mom a few days ago and one of my uncle's (great uncle, actually- my grandmother's brother) is in the hospital. He's not been well. After my grandmother's passing in...
    iSpyce iSpyce 26-30, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    My brother and yes idk it's just weird
    ElsaTheFrozen ElsaTheFrozen 13-15, F 3 days ago

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    What on earth is family support? Just material support, I think. What can't non-family people give material support? Because material needs are a big burden. If one spends so much...
    ExileMyself ExileMyself 26-30, F 3 days ago

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    My parents got divorced two years ago and my mom has been unemployed for well over 5 years. This was cool and everything while my dad was supporting us. Now that he isn't anymore...
    PlanetT PlanetT 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Oh boy where to begin? My husband is 12 years older than me, and we have been married 10 years. 10 agonizing years. My husband had full custody of my stepson from the time he was...
    10yearsofagony 10yearsofagony 31-35, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Sometimes i just want to tell some of my family members to take a long walk off a short pier.
    footballgal56 footballgal56 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    So let me just let this out. For starters my whole family has been decided for some time now. It was never liked this before, we were actually very close, going to church every...
    mawwi00 mawwi00 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    I am born and raised in a family that under no circumstances can understand or accept anyone's need of the kind of life(style) i consider to be my only way to have a meaningful...
    TStrainee TStrainee 36-40, M 6 days ago