Why am I filled with hurt and hatred and feel like guys take advantage of me?

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As a fatherless daughter, your feelings of hurt and anger are understandable. It’s a normal and healthy response to your dad’s rejection. Sadly, some women bottle up these difficult emotions instead of dealing with them. As a result, they experience helplessness, which can lead to depression. Therefore, it’s best to feel all your feelings.

With that being said, you don’t want to stay stuck being a victim of your emotions. You need to find proactive ways to contend with these troubling feelings. Helpful things to do include writing about them in a journal, discussing them with friends, and exploring them in therapy. You should also establish daily practices that help you manage them with exercise, yoga, meditation, prayer, time spent in nature, volunteer work in your community, and walks around your neighborhood. Good self-care makes us feel better about ourselves and puts us in control of our lives.

As far as guys taking advantage of you, that may be true or just your perception. In either case, it would be wise to put a hold on romantic entanglements at this time and focus on yourself. You need to become emotionally stronger, more self-aware, and firm in what you’ll accept from men and what you won’t. You may simply be choosing the wrong guys. On the other hand, you may be becoming a doormat in these relationships because you fear that your partner will leave you if you behave otherwise.

The writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, said: “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live!” Once you become more self-confident, independent, and accomplished, you’ll attract a higher caliber of men. The relationships will be reciprocal, and you’ll no longer feel like someone is taking advantage of you.

Updated on April 14, 2020

Original Article:

Fatherless Daughters: How Growing Up Without a Dad Affects Women
By McKenna Meyers

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