Our expert says:
OK, Sam, recognizing that one may well have a problem is always the first step towards fixing it. And the next step would be to see a good local shrink for a proper in-depth assessment to see if any diagnosis is appropriate. Be cautious about making your own diagnosis and deciding on your own prescription of treatment.
The emotionally abusive background you decribe can indeed lead to one forming unhelpful assumptiosn about life --- and CBT style counselling can really help one to undo that damage and form more fruitful and helpful assumptions and habits of life. You can defiitely remove all those recollections of your father that have been interfering with your normal life.
Sadly, you had a father who was a bad person, but who now needs to be left way behind you. He had lousy taste ; but just because he didn't recognize how marvellous you are, is no reason for you not to do so. You absolutely CAN enjoy being yourself, appreciate your many good points and recognize the respect you deserve ; and to enjoy sex without any sense of guilt or cheapness
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