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As survivors of abuse, it seems we are so afraid to fail that we’d rather trip ourselves up today than run the risk of stumbling over a bump in the road tomorrow. But how does that make any sense? Why do we self-sabotage, and how can we address the issue?

What Is Self-Sabotage?

Psychology Today defines self-sabotage as:

Behavior is said to be self-sabotaging when it creates problems and interferes with long-standing goals. The most common self-sabotaging behaviors are procrastination, self-medication with drugs or alcohol, comfort eating, and forms of self-injury such as cutting. These acts may seem helpful in the moment, but they ultimately undermine us, especially when we engage in them repeatedly.

In this podcast Mags sits down to share some of her insights and experiences around this topic.


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Having gained experience while working for a variety of European non-profits, I am proud to now work with SwanWaters. My connection with the website is not only professional. I am glad to tap into my personal experiences to help those who are living in toxic relationships whether with parents, partners or in their professional life. We need to make the world more aware of the devastating effects of emotional abuse and help more people on their way to heal and thrive.

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