Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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You are correct, one does have to adapt in order to survive. I came from such a toxic family everyone was dysfunctional. I just wanted to be left alone but was constantly harassed, & I was the youngest & smallest of course. I always fought back but the verbal & psychological abuse was worse then all the fist fights put together. As we got older I was hitting back harder so instead they would verbally cut me apart, trying to make me breakdown and cry. I had to grow very thick skin in order to survive such vicious insults. I have noticed when I see something sad on t.v. even if it makes me cry, I am able to get over it quicker than most people. I find it easier to move on and I know this is due to the high tolerance that I had to develop in order not to lose my mind or hurt one of them.
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