I had a rough upbringing. I was punished with a belt on my bare ass until I was Nine or ten. Many times it was for how I behaved in church. I was supposed to sit still during service. I think that at that age it's an unrealistic expectation. That last time I was punished this way I made a decision not to cry or make a sound. The usual punishment was ten hits. I did not make a sound and I still remember my mother saying he's not crying hit him again, Again I did not respond. they relented and never hit me again.
My parents were/are alcoholics and would fight all the time. There was a lot of mental abuse, because of this. I learned how to sense my parents moods as to avoid begin a focus of their anger.
I have since forgiven my parents and moved on. The side effect of this upbringing is that I can sense people's moods. At times it's a burden, because I can feel someones anger, or pain. It is also a benefit. I can sense apprehension, conflict, and other moods. This helps me connect with people.
This is the first time I ever shared this.