This week Mags explores PTSD. We look at what causes PTSD, how it develops, how it rewires the brain, and why it sometimes doesn’t trigger until much later.
The negative self talk is part of the operation system that your abuser installed. The very essence of recovery is uninstalling that operation system.
We have to create habits that drown out some of the anxiety and bitterness of our experiences, so we have to train our brain to be more optimistic
This week I look at Shawn Achor’s Super Soul Sunday talk “The Life-Altering Power of a Positive Mind” and discuss how I feel it relates to our healing.
A toxic person can never provide any of the loving support we deserve and expect in a close relationship. To them, another person is simply an extension of themselves. This means that targets have different aspects of the toxic person’s identity projected upon them. Whether they are shaped to embody everything the toxic parent dislikes…...
In this next section, we’ll look at different methods abusers use to accomplish this. These strategies all play on the emotional and mental processes of the target. They’re all about entangling you, and keeping you trapped in the relationship. Let’s start at the very beginning when we’re pulled into the proverbial Venus Flytrap. Love-Bombing As…...
Abusers use various methods of control and manipulation. Understanding these tactics of abuse may help you understand what’s happened and how you can heal.
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.
We have to remember that our sanity isn’t compromised when we get triggered. It’s quite literally a matter of biology and psychology—our brains on PTSD.
Michael Ballard and Mags Thomson both learned from experience how to deal with a toxic boss. How do they affect you and what can you do to protect yourself?