Throughout the book the mother fails to take any responsibility for causing the pain which led Jesse directly to use the drug to try to numb this pain.By the mother's own words we see example after example of emotional abuse.Now while you might start getting really excited by this prospect, this particular guy has probably gotten freaked out.At this point, he’s afraid that everything he said in the beginning has led you to believe that you guys are a couple and he starts acting in a way that shows you this is not the case.The most troubling thing to me is that not only did this mother fail to see what she was doing, but I believe she is representative of most mothers who are convinced their teenagers are growing up in "loving, supportive" families.I personally believe society has failed to see what is really going on in so many seemingly "good" homes -- homes where the material needs are met, but the emotional needs are not.I further believe society has vastly underestimated the damage done through emotional abuse.
Everything has to be on his terms as far as how close he comes to you.
Dealing with the aftermath of abuse can be a very challenging experience, especially on your mind and heart.
The emotional scars of domestic abuse can stay with victims long after they have left the relationship.
Pumpkin growled frequently and was distrusting and distant. One of my dogs is a macho Jack Russell Terrier mix and he's a real bruiser.
My other dog is a sweet-hearted Chihuahua mix who's very polite and doesn't know a stranger.