Ways a Father’s Absence Can Impact a Woman’s Life | Oprah’s Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network

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  1. Hi there!!! I hope you found your healing!!! I pray you and yours all the
    best. Keep God first – John 3:16, John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Romans
    10:9, Psalm 28:7 and Philippians 4:13 & 19. God’s love & blessing to all!!!

  2. what about mothers absence? my dad is the best in the world to me but he
    and her didn’t get along too well and she had mental problems so it was
    hard fir her to stay in the picture.

  3. Mr Perry gave me an AHA! “Women self mutilation comes in the form of
    promiscuity”. WOW! WOW! WOW! So many Fatherless daughters are in so much
    pain. At 12, I became a fatherless daughter until I rekindled my
    relationship with with my dad and it was the best thing for me, because
    there was a void and a unfillable hole within me that could be filled by
    restoring that relationship. In 2002, he died of throat cancer. I am happy
    that was able to spend those precious last days with him.

  4. Smh. I hate to blame my fathers absence in my life on my promiscuity, low
    self worth, pregnancies, “can’t keep a man”, I’ve pushed so many men out of
    my life because of this but I have to say, my fathers absence was one of
    the reasons why I became who I was. Now I have a great man who wants to be
    there, but I find myself pushing him away because I EXPECT him to leave me.
    I EXPECT him to cheat on me, and its something that I’ve been working on
    since I was 18. I’m still working on bettering myself

  5. What a father figure does is set the standards that says “You Deserve
    Better” & I will not accept less that I am worth.

  6. I’m blessed to say I am. I have been attending church with him, and seeking
    therapy for myself. My faith is stronger than its ever been. I’m still not
    perfect but I’m finding my strength in God. I’m definitely a work in a
    progress!! But I’m learning to be more a more submissive, and loving woman!
    I deserve to be happy!

  7. I can relate don’t push him away if he is good to you. He is a gift from
    God and honor him as such. When you are fearful and that’s when we push
    people away…ask yourself what is going on with you, not him. Honor him
    for being there for you as you know he honors you. I know that cause you
    wrote he is a good man.

  8. It takes a village to raise a child. So, it’s not just the parent/parents
    in the home. It’s the extend family and community that contributes to who
    these kids become as well.

  9. As a 23 year old woman, I understand you. I felt that if I did something
    wrong, people, especially men, would leave me, whether I did something
    wrong big or small.

  10. Let me guess: she can either become a deranged slut, or she will be all
    right. I’ve experience with the former. Not with the latter, but I allow
    its moderate probability.

  11. This woman says she was in a toxic marriage/relationship. Marriage is two
    people. If she grew up not knowing a father she most likely had difficulty
    in relating with her husband. She seemed to pass the blame on the
    husband/father in front of her three daughters when she most likely was 50%
    to blame as well for the “toxic relationship”. Part of getting better is
    taking responsibility for your own behavior and stop acting/thinking like a
    victim. Now, she has 3 daughters who are in some measure estranged from
    their father.

  12. “Self-mutilation in the form of promiscuity”…that’s deep Dr. Perry.

  13. I don’t think i’ll ever truly believe a man loves me ..thanks to not having
    a father..I look at women who did have fathers..and I feel like i’m
    lacking…something…not growing up with your father leaves a hole that
    you won’t ever fill…but I guess you just learn how to get by.

  14. My dad never been with me…he left my mom when she got pregnant…she
    found an alcoholic whom she kept pretty much just for her satisfaction.
    .that mam hated me and it was all her fault cos she tried to justify every
    action he did…like I was three years old and he was chasing me around his
    flat with knife cos he hated me…..I ran away and things like this….they
    were on and off and he told me that I’m worthless and I ugly and I have
    ugly teeth and I will never be anything and i will be picking up rubbish
    from bins just to find something to eat cos I’m that useless and my mom
    just watched. The fought literally physically. Hitting each other and it
    was all in in my mom eyes and me as I kid didn’t have any word cos in just
    less then dirt under my nails…. Our whole family tried to make her see
    how dumb she is and she thought they r jealous…. I don’t know of what
    exactly we lived like beggars cos he broke everything at home. And now
    after all u herd and saw I have very hard time to relate to men in general
    I become extremely insecure cos I do not believe that anyone would even
    like me. I have a boyfriend now and I have a hard time to believe that he
    loves me. And before him if someone would show interest I had fear that he
    just wants to humiliate me…I mean sounds weird but really that’s what I


  16. The original Hebrew and Greek scriptures been told us that promiscuity is
    self mutilation and a sin against one’s self.

    1 Corinthians 6:18
    “Flee from sexual immorality! Every other sin that a man may commit is
    outside his body, but whoever practices sexual immorality is sinning
    against his own body.”

    God has been tried to teach us the ways in which we should behave for our
    own benefit…but most of humanity is still stuck on if he really exists or

    I love this show, but it’s funny how when people say something proverbial,
    they forget that God said it first… LOL