When people have known you a long time, it can be difficult for some of them to handle your healing. Functional people will respect your healing though, & even encourage you. They will be so happy to see you growing stronger & healthier, & learning how to live a good life, especially if they knew you during the abuse you endured.
Dysfunctional people however, won’t be so happy or encouraging.
While not all dysfunctional people are abusive, of course, they still may not be happy about your healing. Sometimes that is because it makes them feel badly about themselves. They see you learning, growing & becoming happy, & they resent not doing the same. The seriously dysfunctional won’t be motivated by feeling this way to work on their healing.
Others are on the side of your abuser, & can’t handle your healing because it is proof that the abusive person wasn’t the wonderful person this flying monkey thought they were. Rather than face that truth, some especially cowardly people prefer to stay in denial & try to force the victim to maintain the status quo so they can continue to think of the abuser as a wonderful person rather than face the truth.
Whatever the motivation, these dysfunctional people have a goal of putting the victim in their place, so to speak, so they can continue living in their dysfunction.
A common way people accomplish this by refusing to acknowledge the new, healthier you. They will mentally keep you in their box of what they expect you to be, & treat you accordingly.
When I was growing up, I was completely submissive to my parents & did only as I was told. I was a very good doormat. As an adult who had focused on my healing for quite some time, my family still treated me as the doormat I once was. Most spoke to me however they wanted, which was usually disrespectful & cruel. This was especially evident during the time my father was dying. Their level of cruelty & vile words was astounding. My family daily harassed & tried to bully me into ending no contact to say good bye to him. Not one person cared about my thoughts or feelings on the matter, only theirs, & clearly they were furious they couldn’t force me to bend to their will. The way they treated me is very common among narcissistic families.
As you make small steps in your healing, even if those steps aren’t celebrated, they shouldn’t be diminished or totally disregarded. Every single person changes over the course of their life, & that is to be expected. Anyone who refuses to acknowledge changes you make or acts like something is wrong with you for growing clearly has problems.
When you come across these people, please do NOT give in to whatever it is they want from you. Be the best you that you can be. Focus on your healing & never give up on it. People like that don’t have your best interest at heart. They only have their best interests at heart, & maybe even those of your abuser. They aren’t worth trying to please. Instead, be more concerned with pleasing God, pleasing yourself & pleasing those people you are the closest to, such as your spouse. The rest really aren’t all that important, especially those who refuse to see you as anything but who you were at your worst.
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