Is That a Monster in the Mirror?: From Parenting to Politics

When I was very young, it was not uncommon for either of my parents to say I was “spoiled”. I sometimes helplessly retaliated: “Well, you spoiled me!” but it was never satisfying to me internally or even believable, even to myself. I was given a lot of things and let’s say I knew how to get them — if I asked or nagged long enough or pouted, that might become a win. However it was never a real win because I never felt worthy of what I got. I felt more like the monster who had taken over the minds and wallets of the good people who were my parents. And…

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Carol Smaldino

A psychotherapist, a New Yorker living between Colorado and Italy (in good times) I am passionate about the role of emotions and awareness for evolving,sanity