Survivors of abuse often struggle to set and maintain healthy boundaries. Within the abuse dynamic boundaries were unacceptable for the abuser, who will have constantly overstepped. They often view their target as an extension of themselves. As a tool to fill their physical and emotional needs, not as another individual.

That means that once we leave the abusive dynamic, we have been programmed not to maintain boundaries. We were taught that having boundaries is selfish, inconsiderate and rude.

This is not a healthy situation to be in, and so it is important to learn the skill.

The Importance of Boundaries &
How You Can Begin Learning to Maintain Them

Resilience Coach, Michael Ballard and our own Mags join forces on this podcast about healthy emotional boundaries. They discuss why they are important, how we are affected by them. In addition they give you some tips on how to begin practicing and implementing them in your own life.

Additional Resources

Michael was kind enough to share some super useful resources with you all. These are especially relevant, if you are interested in boundaries, healthy relationships, and resilience

Michael Ballard on Udemy

Michael runs a number of courses on Udemy, including one on Healthy Boundaries for Life and Love.

 Also, check out Micheal’s YouTube Channel

The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights that Michael mentions in the podcast is available for download to our members. Join us today to get instant access.

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Michael Ballard
Michael is an author, speaker, trainer, and consultant. He travels the world helping people learn how to add more resilience into their lives at home, work and community. Michael specializes in helping people, families, organizations and community’s learn how to thrive with resiliency. Resilience is a process, a set of key assets, skills and beliefs that can change our lives. Resiliency can changes the quality of our journey and often the quality of the outcomes. Connect with Michael on Twitter and Facebook or check his website for more information. Michael's new book "The Gift" is due out in later winter 2016.


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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One comment:

  1. Michael Ballard

    December 20, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Pleased and honoured to be here. Wishing you all the best in your journey.


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