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Book Review- Ending the Cycle of Abuse:”He decided that he can get over it by just saying that he is what he sets himself to be.”

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I loved the title because it showed that you can still be okay and move on with your life despite your childhood trauma. However…………

What I liked:

The author failing many times after deciding to try to no tallow the past influence his present and future. This was so realistic and authentic that I was able to relate with him when it came to walking on the road of recovery.

What I didn’t like:

How he moved on from feeling victimized to moving on with his life.
But Ayah, you are contraindicating yourself?
No!
What I mean is that there was a time when he was trying to get over his past, which I related with.
But there was a time where he decided that he can get over it by just saying that he is what he sets himself to be. Which is true to an extent, but no just so instantaneously.

The author said that once he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and told himself “ That he doesn’t have depression”, things got better. It was a bit unrealistic for me.

This method could be how he started his real recovery, but it definitely can’t be how he got over everything just by acknowledging the statements above!

It wasn’t the fact that he said Jesus Christ because I love seeing people feeling and being stronger via religion, even if I am not a part of that religion. It is very empowering for me to see people hold on to God during their “hard times”. But the way it was described in the book made feel like PTSD can be vanquished instantly if you say that you can get over a mental illness + convince yourself that you don’t have it, and know that you will be saved and forgiven. Like I said, those are good starting points, but they don’t take you from point A to z in a glimpse of an eye.

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