Learning to heal yourself, and learning what is “normal” and “healthy” in relationships is not easy when you have never had chance to learn what healthy relationships, for instance if you were part of a dysfunctional household or were abused as a child.
The post also talks about unlearning the harmful messages that were learned during abuse. Without discussing the abuse in detail, this survivor reflects on situations and identifies thinking and core beliefs which resulted from emotional abuse, and by changing these he/she is learning the new way of thinking and a new, healthier way of managing relationships.
The most basic task for one’s mental, emotional and social health, which begins in infancy and continues until one dies, is the construction of his/her positive self-esteem. Macdonald, G. (1994) Self esteem and the promotion of mental health. Promotion of Mental Health. vol. 3, p 19
Healing from child abuse is not just about talking about the worst experiences, it is also about the here-and-now, and how the past has affected that, and how the present and future can be different.
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- Which Heals First, Trauma or Addiction? (traumadissociation.wordpress.com)
- Angelique’s story: Dealing with childhood trauma (capsaus.wordpress.com)
- “I love you” (mewethem.wordpress.com)
- Emotional Abuse : More violent than physical (toobasiddiqui.wordpress.com)
- Emotional healing from abuse – Core Beliefs and the Healing Process (emergingfrombroken.com)
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