Survivors of abuse feel isolated by the dysfunctional chaos around them, and think escape is impossible. Connecting with peers is key to the healing journey
Alas most of you can relate to the duality of living with abuse. Covering up the scars – visible or not. Never showing your fears or anxiety.
Emotional abuse may be an elusive concept to many, for people who have been on the receiving end it is only too tangible. The effects of emotional or narcissistic abuse are many, and healing from these can be challenging.
Indulge me, and reflect on that for a second. What you are effectively asking me to do is forgive and forget the first 30+ years of my life.
Similar to the Recovery Roller-coaster, improving parenting and stopping the cycle of abuse for your kids (even if that “kid” is you) will come in phases.
You know the pre-flight talk to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others? The same is true when helping another heal from trauma.
In this podcast our Swan couple continues to talk about support after realizing they had been exposed to emotional abuse.
People may be miles apart, there is little difference in how emotional abuse is perpetrated. This list will help you spot the emotional abuser in your life.
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.
I have also learned from experience, is that not all help – however well-intended – is in fact helpful. So how can you support abuse victims?