Reflections of an Anonymous Second-Generation Adult
Part of the hardship of being an AK was the severe limitations put on your social and free time by meetings and other "spiritual" activities. A few years ago I came to realize that much of my built up hostility towards my parents was the result of a belief (borne out in experience from an early age) that my parents loved going to meetings more than they loved me. I cannot count all the times my parents missed activities of mine becasue of Workers Meetings or whatnot. In a child who cannot verbalize this it builds up a lot of confusion and anger. I'm not a psychologist, but a great book related to this theme of perceived abandonment is Alice Miller's The Drama of The Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self.