… socializing basically meant bullshitting. I always felt responsible for other people’s good times. If friends at a party weren’t that talkative or had trouble talking to each other, I felt like it was my personal duty to smooth things over, make them laugh, and cheer them up. This was also my role in my family of origin, not surprisingly. No wonder I felt oppressed by my so…
OMG, thank you for expressing my exact experience so accurately! This whole article sounds like me speaking out loud many of the things that I never had the courage to tell to anyone. I am very grateful for this piece 🙏
I think one of the greatest experiences for the reader is reading their own thoughts written by someone else! This is exactly what happened for me with this article.