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A cycle of violence

I think my feelings for law school can be summed up in this one line from People vs. Genosa, which is ironically, from a subject that is not exactly on my list of favorites right now (thanks to a former prof who hates my guts-- but that's for another post altogether):

More graphically, the battered woman syndrome is characterized by the so-called “cycle of violence,” which has three phases: (1) the tension-building phase; (2) the acute battering incident; and (3) the tranquil, loving (or, at least, nonviolent) phase.

Oh god, I am in an abusive relationship with law school. And yes, despite this kind of treatment, I am deluding myself into staying, because jesuschrist I just want to be loved back.