Has your co-worker or loved one ever given you a beautiful gift, but then acted
- offended that you didn’t appreciate it enough,
- claimed that you were lying about how much you liked it,
- snatched it back saying you didn’t deserve it at all,
- or any other action that changed your happiness into some other feeling?
If so, you’ve experienced an abusive incident aimed at destroying your sense of reality. How could your lovely, heart-felt reaction be interpreted in some other way? Did you react to the gift “wrong”? Should you have felt more appreciative, less grateful, less selfish? Suddenly your reality, the truth as you know it, doesn’t make sense. What is going on?