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-HappyLady- t1_irupfy1 wrote

Thank you for this article. I had never encountered t3 term “malevolent creativity” before.

My brother and I, in response to what we now know is called gaslighting, used to call our mom an “evil genius” for the creative ways she messed with our minds.

I’m glad to have a more clinical term for the characteristic that lead to that behavior.


MrBubbles226 t1_irv0wz6 wrote

Yeah it's a nice term for something pretty heinous.

I'm sorry you had to deal with that. Childhood experiences stay with us our whole lives, but they don't have to define us.

Often, those who are subjected to abuse and neglect when they are young repeat the behavior. So don't blame yourself if you've inadvertently picked up any bad behaviors. Reenacting trauma and bad experiences is a way for young minds to try to get some sense of control.