Everyone who loves another is susceptible to some form of emotional or verbal abuse, by virtue of the Mirror of Love. Attachment relationships—those held together by strong emotional bonds—serve as mirrors of the inner self. We learn how lovable we are, and how valuable our love is to others, only by interacting with loved ones.
Young children never question the impressions of themselves they receive from their parents. They do not understand that critical, stressed-out mothers or raging fathers may be having a bad time or trying to recover from their own difficult childhoods. Instead, when young children perceive themselves negatively because of their parents, they often attribute it to their own inadequacy and unworthiness.