The Bougainvillea is native to South America. The flowers are tiny blossoms surrounded by brightly colored modified leaves called bracts.
The Bougainvillea symbolizes passion, liveliness, and life experience.
Bougainvillea is my tenth entry for Cee’s FOTD challenge
Orchids are associated with fertility, virility, and sexuality. These associations, coupled with their exotic appearance, have given them a long history of being associated with love, fertility, and elegance throughout various cultures and times.
The Boat Orchid symbolizes love, beauty, and refinement
The Boat Orchid is my ninth entry for Cee’s FOTD challenge
I’ve spent a decade in therapy to recover from an emotionally needy, gaslighting narcissist, who raised her Jewish Son among abusive, anti-Semitic, fag-bashing racists, some of them pedophiles, who considered themselves good Christians.
Ironic, isn’t it?
I’m the one with the diagnoses.
What have I learned?
I am a human being,
I have a right to be alive.
When the trauma is drawn out over a number of years, dissociation becomes a way of life. Once learned, it is a fixed part of the personality that asserts itself long beyond the original dangers that prompted it.
This is an illustration of the principle that C-PTSD is essentially a learning process gone awry as a consequence of the child developing in a dangerous environment. Dissociation and C-PTSD
The effects of long-term child abuse last a lifetime.
This post inspired by the #BraveWrite hashtag on Twitter.
Rob Goldstein 2019
“Los Portales’ (c) Rob Goldstein 2016