Wish you could make your child to see their abusive spouse, your siblings to see your toxic parents? No matter the context, if they’re not ready they won’t see the abuse. Here are some ways in which you can support someone you love.
Recently a dear friend and fellow-survivor lost her toxic mother and it got us to talking about grief. I sometimes wonder how I will respond when I find out.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I dislike that saying, because guess what: it was words that beat me to a pulp every day
SwanWaters finds its beginnings with a group of women who were all daughters of narcissistic mothers. Sharing our stories helped us recover and heal.
Realizing the true extend of the toxic family, and understanding that what happened was in fact abuse is a long and difficult journey. It is only the first step on our road to recovery, but it really is the most important one. That first step toward a better, more healthy life.
The dynamic of a toxic family is one of loneliness as the emotional abuser needs to isolate their victims.
When choosing to establish boundaries toward our toxic parents, many survivors experience what can be described as a pond of guilt.
The child of a toxic person, learns very early they're flawed. It is not you who is born broken, it is the parenting you receive that breaks you.
I see the enabling person as one who will use every trick in the book to let the toxic person get their own way.
Any target of abuse starts out with the potential to grow into a tree. We are put in a small pot though, and our branches are carefully cut and manipulated to grow into certain shapes. Our growth is stunted and our potential seems lost.