This is actually not a joke. Even though the quote makes light of it, chronic emotional abuse can indeed lead to diagnosable depression.
Ok, so where do we find assholes?
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You can find them everywhere: at school, socially in your circle of friends, at church, at work and in the family...
What can we do about them?
1. Be honest with yourself. Give yourself permission to see the situation for what it is. Once you've identified that there is a person in your life who is harming you emotionally, you can begin the work of getting your self-esteem back.
2. Take action. Action in empowering. Taking action is what's important, even if you can't change the relationship because the asshole is your brother, you can still take action. Did I say 'action' enough?
3. The action you choose to take may be to reduce your exposure to that person, requesting a transfer to another unit, office, state. Not calling your relative everyday but rather once a week. In extreme cases, you may decide you need to break up with them altogether.
4. Put into place healthy self-care strategies that will charge up your Asshole Protective Shield. That means keeping an eye on your sleep, eating and exercise habits. Spend time with people (and animals) you can count on that make you feel good about yourself.
5. Find a good therapist who can help guide you through your asshole recovery. If the damage done by asshole exposure is deep the journey to robust emotional health can be complicated. Be strong and get help!
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