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On Ask Polly: Should I Cut My Abusive Mother Out of My Life Forever?

@Tamlin Eve@facebook second everything you said, it's nearly my story, except I don't have the new relationship. I'd offer to amend your quote to read "reproducing doesn't make you a person worthy of time and respect." I offer that being a Mother, a real Mother, would. After years of my sociopathic mother telling me I ruined her life by my existence, being mocked for my hair color and told I wasn't part of the real family, having to quit high school at 15 and go to work when I found my bedroom furniture piled outside the house, I heaved a huge breath of relief when that useless, drunken, sex-addict bitch killed herself. Some people just reproduce.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:04 am 0

On Ask Polly: Should I Cut My Abusive Mother Out of My Life Forever?

I'm intrigued that the LW was able to find love and acceptance in a new family. I spent much of my life trying to heal old wounds with new people of the same type. Wow, that wears one down. Reading the letter, I felt concern at the description of the new family in superlatives. My thought was I'd feel more comfortable about this new family if they were described with "having some faults, but were far more receptive to working out problems, love to talk things through and hug at the end," phrases that indicate they're real-world people to LW, not just salvation. Also, I wish LW much love and success, you can name your daughter after me...

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 8:52 am 0

On Ask Polly: How Can I Stop Being a Shut In Once and for All?

@Althaea Yup Yup. My list, when I was sickest, was even shorter: 1) Shower Every Day 2) Outside Every Day. You start where you're at.

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm 0

On Ask Polly: My Boyfriend Won't Stop Raging About My Sexual History

And for authentic Borderline Personality Disorder: I was marginally involved in a situation between a couple that quickly went supernova when the guy ran his usual Narcissistic, Bipolar game (medically diagnosed) on an unsuspecting "extra" woman, who we learned was BPD. That BP male, a professional victim we'd tolerated, got his game handed back to him by the BPD, on fire. It was scary though.
There is new research and therapies -DBT- for Borderlines who are motivated to change. Psychcentral dot com is curated by a doctor, dbtself help dot com, and behavioral tech dot org feature the work of Marsha Linehan, PhD. A revelation for BPD's to find the thing that hurts so much can be addressed, and it may even be helpful for Bipolar.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm 0

On Ask Polly: My Boyfriend Won't Stop Raging About My Sexual History

Polly's Futon Boy got a pass for punching, it seems to me. Fist to face= Out of His Place.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm 0

On How the Other Half Condos

@Hosein Kouros-Mehr your facts are as I know them, too, and yet I don't reach your conclusion. The Haves seem pretty happy to bully the Have-Nots. It seems more overt, since the gleeful looting and pillage of 2008.

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 2:00 am 0

On Ask Polly: I Was Dumped After a Freak Accident and I Can't Move On

"There's a reason it's called 'Self-Esteem'" -Katt Williams. (That's directed at me, too)

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm 0

On Ask Polly: I Was Dumped After a Freak Accident and I Can't Move On

I know this trap. Listen to yourself, saying "I can't." That's the padlock. We all trap ourselves.

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm 0

On How to Write

Does the sound of the autoplay video ads mean you're paying your writers now?

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 9:39 am 0

On How to Write

Heather, I have lots of happy experiences with freelance work with set pay schedules. Net 30. And while I couldn't charge a finance rate, I did build in a "discount" (actually my basic rate) for Net 30. And I would call clients at about Day 26 very concerned and on their side, oh, dear! that I was going to have to re-invoice them at the next higher rate for 30-60 days from service, which had been spelled out in the original Deal Memo, which they had signed. There was one more tier (wouldn't I have loved to bill at that rate all the time) and then that, the line "After 120 days will be referred to Collection." I.Always.Got.Paid.

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm 1