I don’t know that I would apply this to people who have been through trauma only; yet it is true that those who go through abuse, especially being molested, tend to think they are freaks. Shame has a way of whispering that no one else is weird or flawed enough to deserve what we got. We are sure that nobody wants to hear our stories, and if they do, they can’t possibly understand.
For anyone who is feeling this way, I bring you Frida Kahlo, an artist who lived in Mexico:
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”