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Tom Jackson commented
Thank you for your comment, DJ. It is amazing how much horror a parent can potentially rain upon their children. When I did some intense therapy with regard to my childhood abuse, I likened mu feelings to those of Holocaust survivors. My therapist later made the comment that many victims of child abuse liken their … Read more
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Tom Jackson commented
3 sons--52, 47, and 35. And they asked me the names of the books I used to raise them when they had children. When they were older, I frequently explained why I did what I did over the years. Anecdote: One of my goals in life was to prove that raising happy and functional children … Read more
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Tom Jackson commented
If I had an active cause, it would be to educate parents about the actual results of what they think are their superior parenting skills. And that's typical of anybody who has been seriously abused mentally and psychologically. I have exchanged messages with a woman on answer mug this week on 3 separate occasions. Each … Read more
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Tom Jackson commented
Both. My maternal grandmother was a matriarchal bitch. (She died when I was 7.) That apparently was where my mother learned her (so-called) "parenting skills." My mother was the "King" in my nuclear family; and as the sole child, I was the only peasant in the group. And she was 37 when she had me … Read more
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Tom Jackson commented on dragonfly forty-six's answer
I occasionally meet people who can't relate to the concept of "abysmal parents" because they had great childhoods. ( I suspect that as suggested in another of your questions, there may well indeed be some aliens living among us.
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Tom Jackson commented
@Yin and Yang Thanks for the expression of sympathy. "Lice" was the worst word I could think of as a child at the time. I did have some enjoyable experiences as a child, but they were random occurrences and could not be relied up to happen regularly. And with great effort and over many years, … Read more
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Tom Jackson commented
I was very much aware that my development was being compromised from a very early age. Across the board, my mother simply never (and I carefully chose the word "never") allowed me to do what other boys my age would normally and healthily do. For me, knowing I was being so compromised was as easy … Read more
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Tom Jackson answered The Z.'s question

Well, I do like the concept of finding intelligent life anywhere in the universe---Earth could use an infusion of such beings---we're starting to run low.

I have never considered the possibility of life on other worlds, but I would not at all be surprised if there were and that it might turn out that a currently … Read more

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Tom Jackson answered The Z.'s question

I would have settled for anything happy in my childhood---even if it had turned out to be a misconception.

I lamented in my diary when I was 8, "Where did I get such parents, they're lice."

True story---unfortunately.

Being an adult has never been disappointing to me.

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Tom Jackson answered

X-rays and ultrasounds are both examples of medical imaging procedures. (Other diagnostic imaging modalities exist too, like CT or CAT scans, MRIs, PET scans, among others.)

Each imaging modality, whether it be X-ray, ultrasound or another, has their pros and cons.

Generally speaking, ultrasounds are particularly effective for imaging soft tissues and structures, as well asRead more