Our expert says:
Some of us are unfortunate enough to grow up in a highly psychologically toxic environment, such as you seem to be describing, learning to hate ourselves, to blame ourselves for the bad deeds of others, and not to expect enough from life.
Sadly, you seem to have taken over the role of abuser from the rotten people who abused you.
Its wise that you are in therapy, and I hope you have a skilled therapist working with a realistic and modern method to help you change the warped and unhelpful habits of thought and attitude you have learned and need to modify.
But please stop telling yourself you CAN'T do what you need to do -that creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. Remind yourself that even though it might feel difficult at first, you CAN
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