The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.
— Juliette Lewis (via plasticcastle)
You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you. You’re already familiar with the latter experience, allowing yourself to be swept along your fears, neuroses, insecurity, for we all have self-destructive tendencies.
— Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die (via liberatingreality)
People fall so in love with their pain, they can’t leave it behind. The same as the stories they tell. We trap ourselves.
— Chuck Palahniuk,
Punishments are used more for the person giving them than the person receiving them. They are meant to fill a need in the person who was wronged, or in the case of parents, who perceive the wrongdoing and are in charge of teaching the child that what he did was wrong. Punishments often impede the learning process. Children become immersed in their anger, fear, and hurt and don’t often get the lesson. Or the lesson they take away is that they can’t communicate with their parents.
— Parenting Beyond Punishment (via thinksquad)