When Parents Who Gave Up On Their Dreams Project On You

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Belittling your victories

Your parent focuses on what you haven’t accomplished—not what you have. You get third place in a short story contest out of hundreds of writers, but she says, “Well, you didn’t get first.” Your work is featured in a great publication and your parent says, “Well, it’s quite far back, all the way on page 34—not really featured.” She may have had this attitude about her own work, once, always focusing on the negative.

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