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Loving our adversaries


The relationship between parent and child is always, at least partially, adversarial. Parents must discipline their children, or the socialization process will fail. As we grow up, in order to become adults, we must fight for independence from our parents. Our parents will have trouble letting go. Our parents will not always realize the difference between proper discipline and improper repression. Neither will we, the children.

Then, once we have attained independence and adulthood, it is difficult for us to avoid doing to our parents what they did to us. They taught us, implicitly, that this is what families are for: discipline and repression.


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