Tag Archives: Severe Abuse

Minimizing Trauma and the Damage it Does

Minimizing and denying abuse or blaming the victim do further damage to trauma survivors and our culture as a whole. Media coverage of Jaycee Dugard’s abduction and abuse demonsrates this. Continue reading

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Forgiveness and Trauma: Are Some Things Unforgivable?

Forgiveness after trauma is only one path to healing. Forced forgiveness can actually be harmful rather than healing. Actively choosing to not forgive an abuser can also be part of recovering from abuse. Continue reading

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Relationships after Severe Trauma: Making Healthy Choices

We all need connection. Interdependence, mutual relationships are crucial for our well being. However, for those who have experienced severe childhood trauma, relationships were also the source of betrayal, wounding and abuse. What does this mean then for those who have been severely abused by parents or caretakers as children? Or those who have dissociated, losing awareness of some aspects of early relationships? For example, those with dissociative identity disorder (DID) may have some parts of their system who only know about the “good mother” while others hold the memories of abuse and/or neglect. In this way, dissociation can make evaluating who is healthy or safe and who is not more difficult. This results in obvious and multiple complications in forming and maintaining later relationships. Continue reading

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