What does it mean to honor your parents?

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    As a child my mother (who as far as I know is not a Christian) loved to shove the first part of this verse down my throat, whenever we had a disagreement. As I got older I started to question the words, What does it really mean to honor my parents?

Ideally, love should flow from parent to child. When this consistently takes place and children feel generally loved, it is easy for them to honor their parents. However, kids who feel unloved, abandoned, or abused may struggle to honor their parents. Understandably.

Honoring your parents DOES NOT

  • mean painting over the past, pretending it didn't happen;
  • mean placing yourself in a position for more abuse (it's important to make and keep wise boundaries);
  • instantly heal a strained relationship;
  • suggest taking responsibility for your parents or even for the parent-child relationship.
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What is dissociative identity disorder

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Dissociative identity disorder, formerly referred to as multiple personality disorder, is a condition wherein a person's identity is fragmented into two or more distinct personality states. People with this rare condition are often victims of severe abuse.

Definition

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in—and alternately take control of—an individual. Some people describe this as an experience of possession. The person also experiences memory loss that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.

DID is a disorder characterized by identity fragmentation rather than a proliferation of separate personalities. The disturbance is not due to the direct psychological effects of a substance or of a general medical condition. DID was called multiple personality disorder until 1994, when the ...

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