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Verbal Abuse

Photo taken by contributor Morgan, a 20-year-old woman living in California. Morgan began experiencing depression and anxiety after her father tried to take his own life. Her mental health has improved greatly since that time, especially after having her daughter and feeling true unconditional love from someone. Morgan began to explore photography a few years ago as a way to escape.

About this photo: “I was in a verbally abusive relationship for about a year. The guy was a lot older than me. He was always trying to change me. Everything about me wasn’t good enough for him. Something always needed to be altered. Whether it be with my appearance or my personality. I was really young at the time and completely blinded by infatuation so, I did change myself for him. I turned into someone else. By the time I finally gained the courage to break away from his harsh and brutal words, I didn’t know who I was. His hurtful words still haunt me. Especially when I’m starting to feel really good about who I am and where I’m going in life. This photo was taken to describe how it feels to have someone’s unforgiving words stuck in your head. The shadow on my face is strategically placed to represent how I don’t feel whole. In his eyes, I was weak and useless but with each day that goes by, I realize that I am neither of those things. And I never will be.”

Find more from Morgan at her blog.


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7 comments on “Verbal Abuse

  1. autisticaplanet
    January 20, 2016

    I am glad that you were able to stop trying to be who you weren’t. At 36, I am still trying to get unstuck the cruel words that were spoken over me in junior high and high school. It helps to think of the good words that my parents spoke over me and the words of Scripture. I like your photo.

    Liked by 2 people

    • I Mean Well.
      January 20, 2016

      Thank you very much.


  2. itsallbuki
    January 20, 2016

    I am happy you finally broke free from him. people like that often have low self esteem themselves and look to bring others down so they can feel better about themselves. God made you beautiful, without mistake or an entity that needs alteration. Remember that always

    Liked by 1 person

    • I Mean Well.
      January 20, 2016

      Thank you. I really appreciate your kind words.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Writing for Ghosts
    January 21, 2016

    Beautiful photo and words. I’m glad you use both to reclaim your power.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cla-c
    March 29, 2016

    stunning. You are beautiful and so worth it ,look after yourself .


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