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Why Stability Feels Unsettling When You Grew Up Around Chaos

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“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.” ~Earl Nightingale For anybody that experienced a chaotic childhood, stability in adulthood is unfamiliar territory.

When you grow up in an environment where shouting is the norm, unstable relationships are all you observe, and moods are determined by others in your household, it’s hard to ever feel relaxed.

As an adult dealing with the long-term effects of childhood instability and chaos, I jump at the slightest sound now. And I know I’m not alone when I say instability is all I have experienced. I recall one recent occasion when my flatmate asked jokingly, “What’s wrong with you?

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