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I was told by my mother that I was the reincarnation of my great grandmother (I was born 10 days after she died) from a very young age, and while this is just one of the ways my mother mistreated me, it was so harmful and left me feeling like I could never be my own person because I was actually someone else. I feel for this daughter, especially with the trans-ing. That's just a medical abuse cherry on top of the emotional abuse and incest enmeshment cake. This is so fucked up. No matter what you believe about reincarnation, anyone can see how damaging this is.

That such a strange thing to do to a child, I'm continually amazed at the bizarre crap parents say to kids (including my own parents, who were amazingly dysfunctional).