While in an abusive situation we do not respond in the way we would ordinarily do. In order to survive we developed new patterns of behavior.
Journaling can have many positive effects on your journey of healing and abuse recovery. Receiving feedback from peers can make that experience even better.
When I first liberated myself from the abuse, I thought that was the biggest step. Several months later I realized clearly that this was not the end, but the beginning of another challenge. Healing.
5 Ways Your Toxic Parent has Prepared You for a Toxic Partner
We hear a lot about Karma, people saying, “Oh, don’t you worry… he/she will get his/hers.” The problem is we look at Karma the wrong way. We are so used to keeping score in the relationship because, in an abuse dynamic, everything is transactional.
Christmas and holidays in general can bring out stress in the most peaceful people. There are gifts to buy in overcrowded shops. There is an elaborate meal to cook for family and friends. There is making the house look festive. The list goes on and on. Add a toxic family dynamic to the mix and the stress can be overwhelming.
The holidays bring up emotions for many people, especially so for survivors. It is a good idea to prepare yourself a little so you can have happy holidays.
Weapons of abuse all result in a target losing his or her sense of reality in favor of a parallel existence dominated by the whims of another person.
Not all of us are born into toxic families, or end up with abusive partners. You may have been introduced to emotional abuse and all its troublesome consequences because you are supporting a Swan. It can be quite challenging to support victims of abuse, and some help and support for the supporters is important.