How do you respond to a child saying they hate themselves? It’s an awfully strong word. We were all silently shocked. Certainly there are still times I hate myself.
I hate myself for being human
when I lust, wish, dream about another
Ah that’s my mother!
I hate myself for being bold
I was told
I was to be seen but not heard
I hate myself for being fat
Huh? What, but you are not…fat.
Again my mother!
I hate myself for letting another decide for me
I was taught to not trust myself
Wait a minute, but who knows me better than myself
No one is inside my shell
No one hears my voice
No one knows me this well
I hate myself for not being perfect and for making mistakes
I was taught mistakes are bad-never to be made
Perfection that was the goal, if you wanted to go to heaven
My head hangs low, I will never meet that goal, never go
I hate myself for being me
I’m too caring, sensitive, moody, fidgety, talkative
Whatever it is about me that you don’t like, is what I hate the most
Please just love me, accept me, want me
I will do whatever you ask
My child inside begs
Who is he this child who says boldly in front of everybody that he hates himself?