Abuse is a four letter word in many relationships and is becoming too common in our twisted view on relationships. How do you move on from this point when you have already been the victim of an abusive relationship? In this section you can learn all about healing from abuse, the process, and other great information. There is a way to recover from an abusive relationship and meet someone else and actually have a normal relationship. We can help you to realize this.
Turns every conversation to him/her expects you to meet his/her emotional needs
Ignores the impact of his/her negative comments on you
Constantly criticizes or berates you and knows what is best for you
Focus on blaming rather than taking responsibility for their own behavior
Expect you to jump at their every need
Is overly involved with their own hobbies, interests or addictions ignoring your needs
Has high need for attention:
Brags, sulks, complains, Read more [...]
It is important to point out that labeling my ex's behavior as the result of a disorder awards him too much sympathy and leniency. He, and all other narcissists (N's) or Borderlines (BPD's) and sociopaths, know exactly what they are doing. While their inclinations are driven by a tragic psychological disorder, their actions are chosen. They choose to abuse! Plain and simple. If you're not sure about this and want to believe that their behavior is beyond their control, ask yourself Read more [...]
Character Traits of a Narcissist
1. Self-centered. Their needs are paramount.
2. No remorse for mistakes or misdeeds.
3. Unreliable, undependable.
4. Does not care about the consequences of their actions.
5. Projects his/her faults on to others. High
blaming behavior; never his/her fault.
6. Little if any conscience.
7. Insensitive to needs and feelings of others.
8. Has a good front (persona) to impress and exploit others.
9. Low stress tolerance. Easy to anger Read more [...]
When you are young everything revolves around relationships...your relationship with your family, your relationships with your friends and peers, and your romantic relationships. As we age and grow into who we are as people it is natural for the focus to be less on relationships with others and more on the relationship we have with ourselves; however, even as adults that often isn't the case.
In our society we put a lot of emphasis on romantic love. We watch romantic comedies, Read more [...]
Stories of Survivors:
Stories of those who have overcome abuse
As many of you know I am a private practice clinician an author, and a tv show host...what you may not know is that my greatest passion is connected to a fight against domestic violence and serve as the Executive Director of a domestic violence organization, Acts of Random Kindness (or ARK.)
ARK is in the process of collecting stories of survivors of domestic violence in various stages of rebuilding their lives and recovering Read more [...]
A right that everyone has in relationships, which is violated by emotionally abusive behavior is the right to feel: You must learn the difference so you will not keep getting into abusive relationships.
The Right to Feel - In a healthy relationship, each person is able to recognize what they are feeling at any given moment and feel it safely. They can talk about it with other trustworthy people. They are able to anticipate and fulfill their own needs. They are able to notice Read more [...]
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A lot of people stay in abusive relationships because of the fear of being alone or not being loved by other people. They will say for the longest time that they want out, but they end up not leaving. There are some people who do leave, but they tend to repeat the same self-destructive attitude in their new relationship.
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The journey to healing and recovery from abuse is long, sometimes painful, and VERY challenging. The journey is different for every victim/survivor. However, we each go through similar emotions manifested from our pain and confusion.
The following lists the stages/emotional patterns in our healing process. As we heal, we oscillate between all of these. So don't worry if you keep revisiting "anger" or "bargaining." It happens. It's how our mind process the trauma and helps us heal.
Shock Read more [...]
If you're feeling hopeless, HOPE is just a phone call away. No matter what problems you are struggling with, hurting yourself isn't the answer.
1-800-273-TALK (8255) For Hearing & Speech Impaired with TTY Equipment: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
If you are in a relationship that is violent, and remember violence is not just physical but also mental and emotional, then seek help when you are able. The Hotline is a national domestic violence help line. Their number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).