This thread on cult psychology resonates from a domestic violence perspective. Part of why "Why didn't she leave?" is a silly question and "I would've left!" seems even more ignorant than that.
A newfound strength in me is: I do not assume I am that strong, and I act accordingly
I am extremely careful who I talk to. What I read. What media I consume. Who I interact with.
I do not assume I am that strong, and it works.
I take the weight seriously, which also makes cutting people off and setting hard boundaries a more reasonable & easier decision.
Lately I've been thinking a lot about the people I've known who changed in a matter of years. Particularly entrepreneurs who started fairly nice then became very exploitative. It follows a similar thread. Small lies, wrong people, & a thought of "but I'll be different." Don't.
There are ways to be different, but they involve a different environment and a different path, not the same recipe for corruption and assuming your mind is special and strong and will somehow be the exception that resists.
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