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Why is it so hard for one to open up about an abusive past?

How to you summon the courage to share? What are the reasons that one may keep such terrible things locked inside? How does one overcome this fear of sharing?

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    Jun 1 2013: The fear of remembering it, see it again, feel it once more when they had enough.
    Everybody keep saying them to open up and let it out But they fear of if they'll open that door, they maybe not be able to close it.
    One method to solve this, is "Distraction". If you try to communicate with them not on that subject and keep them busy on something else, that matter will fade out and lose its power. After that they can interact with it and handle it.

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