Thomas Pluck: Happy New Year – 30 Days – Big Update – I’ll Be Back

This post by Thomas Pluck is awesome overall, but the quoted paragraph below deserves special highlight in particular. Writers, please take note:

[W]riters, listen up. Child abuse alone does not turn you into a serial killer, a gibbering mental case, or a superhero. Nor does it lock you into the “cycle of abuse,” or make you want to personally execute every predator you see. People who’ve been abused can be all those things, but the majority are not. Those our are projections, of how we would deal with such unfathomable cruelty. Certainly many psychopaths experienced severe abuse at an early age, which blocked any formation of empathy, but it is infinitely more intriguing that most victims of abuse do not become killers or abusers themselves. That is the power of even the dimmest scintilla of human empathy. Don’t use child abuse as a shortcut.

Read the whole damn thing at Happy New Year – 30 Days – Big Update – I’ll Be Back.

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~ by poǝןɔɐɯ uǝʞɔɐɹq on 01/01/2015.

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