Our expert says:
I understand your sense of frustration. And it is sad and alarming how many women who really do have genuine alternatives, still choose to go back to abusers and/or cheaters.
But it is also important to recognize that many women either genuinely do have no choice, for financial reasons being unable to afford to be anywhere else, especially if they have children to care for - or they BELIEVE they have no alternatives, even when others can see that they do indeed have more choices than they recognize.
Empowerment requires thast you recognize yourself as empowered - in a way, nobody else can give it to you - you have to take it for yourself.
You are also wise to recognize the paradoxical point you raise - that there are many obvious disadvantages to growing up poor, but one may learn to be self-sufficient and confident, while a kid raised in a rich family may grow to feel peculiarly disempowered, not believing that they have any real power or abilities themselves, and to feel dependent on others to provide for them.
Rather than providing slogans, maybe we need to find a wider range of ways to help people ( not only women ) to recognize their own abilities and independence, and not to feel helpless without the assistance of others, and to provide support and encouragement to those who are afflicted in this way
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