So many people say you’re just wallowing in your past if you talk about being abused. I am sure some people are wallowing- it is a very hard thing to move past, being abused, especially if your abuser was a narcissist.
However, I do not believe that this describes the majority of people who have survived abuse. Judging from not only myself but many people I have met, we have a much different reason for discussing the abuse we have been through.
Talking about painful experiences brings them into the open, where they can be analyzed & even become learning experiences. Talking about them brings healing.
When I was growing up, I was never allowed to discuss or question the abuse I was going through. I was supposed to tolerate it quietly & change into whatever my mother wanted me to be at that moment. Now though, as a woman in mid life, that does not work for me. I have been through too much. Talking about it breaks the hold over me being abused once had.
Looking into the past helps you to set yourself free from the abuse that has been done to you. It allows you to question things that you could not question at the time they were happening. It allows you to confront the lies you were told, & discover the truth. It also allows you to grieve for the horrible things done to you over which you had no control. (Grieving is necessary if you want to move on.)
Looking back at the good things helps you as well. Remembering good times helps to brighten your day. Lately, I often think of the fun times I spent as a child with my great-grandmother. They always make me smile, as she was a lovely woman. Remembering good times also can help you to understand why you are the way you are. You get to know yourself when you pay attention to those things that make you happy or sad, or the things you like or don’t like.
Once you deal with things in your past, you have less desire to look backward towards the bad things. The bad memories also won’t interrupt your thoughts as often. Good memories will occur more often than the bad. Making peace with your past helps you tremendously in the present.