Recently I was thinking of something. Maybe some of you remember last December, just before Christmas, my mother had her attorney/flying monkey send me a letter asking if I wanted my father’s car. (here is the post if you missed it: Coping When Narcissists Hit A New Low)
I thought about the letter the other day, & the wording of it all. At that time, I felt a lot of guilt even though I knew with every fiber of my being I needed to maintain strict no contact with her. It was such a difficult time! I also thought about the fact my mother wanted my help with what she was dealing with after my father’s death. She expected me to help her, after everything she’s done to me, & there has been a LOT! Just throwing out a couple of examples…
These are only a few examples. I have a LOT more.
So anyway, I was thinking of these things & others, & it hit me. My mother has a LOT of nerve thinking she is entitled to my help after not only doing all of these things, but also not once accepting any responsibility or apologizing for any of the abuse she’s inflicted on me. She is still the same abusive monster she was when I was a kid. Her tactics may be different now, but she is still out to hurt & control me as much as possible if given the chance. This quickly got rid of any guilt I felt regarding her.
My point (finally, I know.. sorry!) is this….
If you are struggling with feeling guilty regarding your narcissistic parent, for being no contact or feel like now that your parent is elderly & frail, you should take care of her even if you haven’t spoken in years, I really suggest doing what I did.
Consider your relationship with your narcissistic parent. Think about the things your parent did to you. Has your parent shown any signs of improving their behavior? Has she admitted any wrongdoing at all? If your parent is like most narcissists, you honestly can say no to those questions. And, if you can say no to those questions, then you need to maintain distance to protect yourself & your mental health.
If you’re still feeling any guilt at this point, also remember- people reap what they sow. Galatians 6:7 says:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. ” (KJV)
A person who sows bad seeds will reap a bad harvest, period. This means that an abusive parent will not be treated with love & kindness indefinitely as a good parent would be treated. A person can only take so much before they pull away from their abuser, even if that abuser is their parent. It’s the natural way of things. You aren’t being petty, childish or any other awful thing people may say you are by putting distance between you & your narcissistic parent. You’re simply a part of the normal system of reaping & sowing.
Lastly, you are NOT dishonoring your abusive parent with either low or no contact. By maintaining low or no contact, you are removing the opportunity for your parent to sin. Your parent can’t abuse you if you aren’t there. You’re also encouraging her to improve her behavior by giving her consequences for her actions. That is very honorable & loving! Anyone who tells you that you’re not honoring your narcissistic parent or thinks it’s honorable to tolerate anything your parent dishes out truly does NOT know God or understand His word at all.
So remember, Dear Reader… you have no valid reasons to feel guilty regarding your narcissistic parent, but if you do feel guilty, remind yourself of what your parent has done to you like I did.
Narcissists love to put their issues on other people rather than face them. Shame is a big one- any shame a narcissistic parent feels is going to be thrust upon their child, for example.
After a lifetime of not even realizing I was carrying around my mother’s shame, it finally hit me in 2015. As I was recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning, I felt horrible for asking my husband to help me in any way. I’d nearly died for pity’s sake! Carbon monoxide poisoning has a high fatality rate & also has a very long recovery time (you do the bulk of your healing 9-12 months after poisoning) during which chances are very good you won’t heal completely. Yet in spite of all of this, I felt horrible for asking my husband for any help. After praying about it, God showed me this was all about shame. It’s very common for those abused as children to experience toxic shame, & I was no exception.
One way God showed me to deal with this shame is to imagine myself holding a big box containing shame, handing it off to my mother while telling her “I refuse to carry this for you a moment longer”, then walking away.
It sounds silly, but this was very helpful for me. Even though I can’t physically give my mother back her shame that she’s put on me, by imagining returning it to her, at least I was able to stop carrying it somehow. It’d be the same as a real scenario if she wouldn’t hold the box. If I placed it at her feet, I wouldn’t be carrying it any longer. What she would do at that point would have no effect on that fact.
I can’t say I am 100% cured of this toxic shame, but it drastically improved my problem. I no longer feel incredibly guilty about writing about my experiences or asking my husband for things (either stuff or help), & these used to be very big issues for me. I still fight the guilt with my husband sometimes, but that’s better than every single time.
Have you ever tried something like this, Dear Reader? It doesn’t have to be shame.. it can be anything your narcissistic parent put on you- self-hatred, eating disorders, believing you’re ugly or stupid. Obviously I can’t guarantee it’ll cure you immediately, but I do believe it’d help you as it helped me. It’s worth a try, right?
Being raised by narcissists, I learned early in life how to be a good victim. So good, I’ve been in relationships (friends, romantic & even family) with many abusive people. Not all were narcissists, but they all shared something in common- their need to control me.
Not all controlling people are narcissists, but all narcissists are controlling. Learning to recognize various methods people use to control others can help you to understand what is happening & react accordingly.
Coming on too strong. When you first meet someone & they immediately want to be your best friend or start talking of marriage right away, this is a bad sign. I once had a friend who upon meeting said we were going to be best friends, & she was extremely controlling. The same for a man I once dated who started talking marriage within a month of meeting.
They expect you to read their minds. If the person is acting unhappy, you’re supposed to know why & what they want you to do to make it all better. If you don’t, you aren’t a good friend, you don’t love them, etc.
The silent treatment. Narcissists in particular enjoy this one. The silent treatment means refusing to speak to you or acknowledge you rather than discuss the problem. Withdrawing their love is designed to make you feel as if you have done something terribly wrong, & to make you want to make it up to them. It keeps you off balanced, & until you realize what is happening, working hard to make the person giving you the silent treatment happy with you again.
Talking around the problem at hand. This distraction technique removes your focus from the real problem & puts it wherever the controller wants it. Usually on you & your flaws, real or imagined.
Constant talking. Narcissists love to brag about themselves & never tire of the sound of their own voices. Other controlling people talk constantly as well. This tactic keeps the attention on the controller & the victim giving the controller their full attention.
Projection. Accusing a victim of a behavior that the abuser does is projection. The goal is to change the behavior of the victim. For example, if the victim is called selfish, the victim will work hard to prove how unselfish she is.
Not “walking the walk.” A controlling person has very definite opinions of things. For example, your home should be so clean at all times, when you clean it, it’s hard to tell anything was done because it was that clean before you started. Yet, their house has enough dust on the tables to write your name in, & don’t you dare say a word about it lest you face their wrath.
Using guilt trips. Guilt trips are supposed to make you feel so bad, you’ll never do that action again. Healthy guilt is a good thing. It keeps you from doing things like stealing or cheating on your spouse. You know doing such things would make you feel miserable, so you avoid doing them. Guilt trips are about control & not necessarily about you doing something bad.
Bullying. Bullies come across quite scary & intimidating. The truth however is that they are simply cowards. They try to make themselves look scary by acting intimidating so they’ll get their way. Refusing to give in often makes them stop their ridiculous behavior.
Urgency. By creating a false sense of urgency, it means the victim feels she has no time to think about things, she must act & act right now. Urgency eliminates the chance to consider the situation & evaluate choices.
Growing up with a narcissistic parent or two builds a very dysfunctional foundation in a child. One of those dysfunctional beliefs created is that you are always the problem in a failed relationship.
I knew the day I met my now mother in-law, she didn’t like me. For the first eight years of our relationship, I tried with her. No matter what I did though, I was wrong & never good enough. My mother in-law even told me shortly after our marriage how disappointed she was my husband married me instead of an ex girlfriend. For most of those eight years, I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong. How could I improve the difficult relationships with her? What could I do to make her see I’m not such a bad person, or that I’m better suited for my husband than his ex? Nothing I did worked, & in fact, things only got worse. My sisters in-law weren’t exactly my best friends to start with, but those relationships also got worse. It seemed like the more time passed & the harder I tried, the worse things got & the more frustrated I got.
Then one evening in the spring of 2002, my mother in-law called about 8:15. She asked to speak to my husband, who was either still at work or on his way home. I told her this, & she screamed at me because she didn’t think he should work so late. She mentioned she thought he was working too much. He looks tired & I said his allergies were flaring up, & she resumed screaming at me because he has allergies. It was a wake up call for me- I realized I can’t be in a relationship with this person. She was mad at me for things I had absolutely no control over. Nothing I can do will make things better between us. I gave up.
A few months later, my husband called one of his sisters for her birthday. He was flustered by the call, because he said she was screaming at him about me- how I keep him from his family & treat them all like “poor white trash.” I used to think she & I were friends, but realized that wasn’t the case. No friend would think such a ridiculous & untrue thing about me.
I haven’t spoken to my in-laws since 2002 & it’s been very freeing! They blame me & even my husband did for a while for being unreasonable. Due to my bad foundation, I blamed me too!
I’d been through this same scenario with every failed relationship in my life. Everything was all my fault. If only I would’ve been smart enough to figure out the solution to make things better. If only I had been nicer, more understanding, etc., this wouldn’t have happened.
It took me a long time to realize, not everything is my fault! Bizarre, huh? Looking at the situations, it seems painfully obvious it wasn’t, yet it took me years to realize I wasn’t a bad person because I couldn’t make these relationships ok.
My point (finally..lol) is I am sure you have similar feelings, Dear Reader. I have yet to meet an adult child of at least one narcissistic parent who doesn’t blame herself for the failed relationships in her life. Are you thinking that this probably doesn’t apply to you? Well let’s look at a couple of things..
First, your bad relationship with your narcissistic mother. How can this be your fault? She’s a narcissist! No one is good enough for a narcissist. Even those she idolizes will show a flaw at some point, & the narcissist won’t be impressed with him any longer. Plus, as a child of a narcissist, you were born with a job- to please your narcissistic mother at all times. This is IMPOSSIBLE! Narcissists deliberately set up others to fail, especially their own children. It amuses them & makes them feel powerful.
Second, as the survivor of narcissistic abuse, other abusers will be attracted to you. This is especially true before you understand narcissism & work on your healing. Chances are good you were abused by others in your life simply because you learned early in life how to be a “good victim”- you learned to keep secrets, have no boundaries & never talk back. That isn’t your fault! That fault lies squarely on your first abuser.
Lastly, no doubt you have made mistakes in your relationships. Being human, that is inevitable. However, what are the chances that you are the sole problem in every single relationship you’ve been in that has gone badly? I would have to say the chances are slim. Very slim. The odds of you winning the lottery are probably better! Relationships are a two way street. Both people have to work on it. One person cannot carry the entire relationship!
Today, Dear Reader, I just want you to think about this. You honestly cannot be the problem 100% of the time. If you believe you are, then it’s time to look at things objectively. If you can’t, try pretending a close friend is telling you about her failed relationships that are exactly like yours. Would you blame her for their failures? What would you tell her? Write it out if it helps- seeing things in writing somehow often makes things clearer. You also can ask God to tell you the truth about what happened. Were you always the problem? What went wrong? He will gently let you know the truth, & chances are, you are going to be surprised to learn that you aren’t the awful problem you think you are.
I truly hope you do this. Living with the undeserved guilt of failed relationships is a miserable way to live. You don’t deserve to carry around false guilt & shame! You deserve to be happy!
As of yesterday, it’s been one month since I got sick with carbon monoxide poisoning & a concussion. It’s been quite an interesting month, too.
My recovery is a slow one, but at least it is giving me a much needed break from life. It’s also given me more time to think & pray.
Shortly after returning home from the hospital, God showed me that I had a big problem with toxic shame, which stems from emotional neglect & criticisms in childhood. (it’s why I felt I didn’t deserve any help from the ER staff, even though that is their job, & my husband shouldn’t help me recover- I should do it all on my own. That’s pretty bad, especially considering the severity of my illnesses!) I believe this is a very common problem for adult children of narcissistic parents, so I thought I would share a bit about this past month’s journey with you.
When God first revealed this to me, I was happy & sad. Happy because I finally understood what was wrong, why I felt I deserved nothing. Also sad because, well, let’s face it- this is pretty depressing realizing I was made to feel so poorly about myself. I also had no idea how to cope with this problem, & had to ask God to show me. He gave me some really good ideas, which I shared in the post I originally wrote on this topic. Please read that post at this link. I’ve been trying to do the things I mentioned in that post. I also have been doing other things, such as paying more attention to my dreams, which have been revealing a great deal to me about how much I need to take care of myself. (Almost nightly, I’m having dreams that show me that, so obviously God thinks it’s important!)
I also told God I want to change this problem- I want to be rid of this toxic shame once & for all, & I want to learn to take care of myself too instead of only everyone else. Was that a powerful prayer! He has been helping me tremendously!!
About a week after I got sick, I got an email from a jewelry company. They had a lovely ring on sale that reminded me of one my paternal grandmother had when I was a kid. This wasn’t a real diamond like hers, but it was still beautiful. I felt that instead of thinking it’s pretty & ignoring it, I should ask hubby if we could get it. That took a lot of guts for me- I hate asking him for anything, let alone something frivolous. He said sure, go ahead & get it. When I got on the website to order it, I saw they had an identical ring with a much larger stone that I liked even more. I ordered it, even though it cost a bit more. For once, probably the first time in my life, I realized I deserved something special & felt no guilt about it. Getting myself that prize was a big step towards shedding the “I don’t deserve…” mindset of toxic shame. Now the company has failed to fulfill my order, but I’m not giving up- I will just get that ring from another company . 🙂
Also, I’ve had trouble with my recovery. I need to relax, avoid any strenuous physical activity & stress until I am healthy again. This means hubby gets to do the bulk of housework. It’s been hard just laying around while he works, then comes home & does laundry & cleans. Every time the guilt comes up, God reminds me to relax. I need to recover- I’ve been poisoned by carbon monoxide & have a nasty head injury. Anyone in that situation would need to relax & recover so stop beating myself up! Besides, hubby has never really had to take care of anyone before, so this is good for him, having to prioritize another person’s needs.
Although I haven’t told my parents about my illnesses, I’ve spoken with them a few times during my recovery. Instead of the usual feelings of guilt, hurt or anger when they play their head games, God has reminded that they have problems. For example, my father recently said I should call if I need anything or just want to talk. I felt guilty for not calling more often, like a bad daughter, but only for a second. Almost immediately, I realized he only wants more contact with me to receive his narcissistic supply, not to spend time with me. The guilt was alleviated immediately. I realized I’m not a bad daughter, but instead am someone who doesn’t wish to be used. Life is too short to be someone’s narcissistic supply!
Something else interesting just happened that made me realize what progress I’m making. I just had a good, long cry. You see, when some of my pets have died, God has comforted me by telling me shortly after their death that a certain song reminds my recently departed of me- the song then becomes our song. Aerosmith’s 1988 hit “Angel” just came on. That’s my lovely snowshoe Siamese cat Jasmine’s & my song. When I heard the song, I started to cry. I miss Jasmine so badly, & maybe because I’m very sensitive due to my illnesses, the magnitude of missing her hit me very hard. As the tears finally came to a stop, I realized something- I felt no shame for them! As much as I love my animals, because my grief at losing them has been so severely invalidated repeatedly, I’ve often felt shame for crying because of them & did my best to ignore my pain. Especially years later, when I “should be over it”, according to many people. Today was different. It was the first time I can say I honestly felt no shame, & was able to cry without holding back. It was actually a very good feeling. Jasmine was a very brave, amazing & special cat. She survived 4 strokes before she passed away in 2011 & fought hard to come back from each one. She deserved the love & respect of being grieved properly, yanno?
I’m sharing these things with you today in the hopes of encouraging you. If you too suffer with toxic shame, God can help you to heal as He is helping me. He is breaking the hold of toxic shame in my life & will do the same thing for you! Living with toxic shame is no way to live! You deserve so much better than that, as do I. God wants us to be happy & healthy- two things no one living with toxic shame can be.
My mother has ended her silent treatment. I had a good run of a couple of months of silence this time, but it’s over now. She called me this morning & acted as if we’d just spoken yesterday. It’s like nothing happened- no silent treatment, no trashing me to my father, nothing bad…
In case I haven’t said it lately, I absolutely freaking HATE head games!!!
It was a typical conversation with my narcissistic mother. The exact same conversation that happens every time she stops speaking to me then eventually resumes talking to me. It’s also why I love it when she gives me the silent treatment & dread when she ends it.
She called under the guise of looking for my father- as he often does, he vanished for hours. Without a cell, she has no means of reaching him when he is away from home. Then there was the complaining about him, & that morphed into “did I tell you about my latest back problem?” Side note: I have no sympathy for her back problems, because, as many of you know, when I was 19, my mother threw me into a wall so hard, I was in constant pain for 10 years. I quit working outside the home a few months later. Then there was the usual guilt trip because my husband works long hours (my parents seem to believe I have some evil powers that make him work long hours against his will while I live like I’m on vacation..), & telling me again about a man who recently died who my mother is glad is dead. I must admit, that last part had me laughing. Not because the man has passed away of course or even her coldness about his passing (that was just disconcerting!), but because my mother claims he is a terrible person because he liked to present himself as such a great person when he really wasn’t. According to her, this man even wrote his own obituary & “it sure made him sound like a great guy!” Yes, you read that right. A narcissist is complaining about another person’s narcissistic behavior. Can you wrap your head around that one? I’m still working on it..
Is it any wonder I’ve had a headache all day? As if starting out my day that way thanks to anxiety & nightmares waking me last night wasn’t quite enough…throw in a Mom call & my head is not happy with me..
My mother’s call has skewed my day. I was ok considering I had a rough start to the day. Now? I feel shaken up. Anxious, angry, depressed, dissociating a lot, head achy, & exhausted. It is ridiculous things are this way, however, it is the norm for those times that I have to deal with my mother.
There was also a small part of me that was feeling guilty earlier today for not calling my parents or suggesting lunch together or something similar. Unfortunately, this seems to be the norm for children of narcissistic parents- always at least some guilt in there somewhere for something, some perceived slight against the parents or failure to measure up to their unrealistic expectations.
I think the reasoning is because we are raised by narcissistic parents to feel guilty because we never quite measure up. We don’t get good enough grades in school, or study the right subjects. We always fail because we aren’t whatever they think we should be. We don’t choose the career they want us to work, or marry the person they think we should marry, or drive the right car, or we disappoint them with some other life choices. We are conditioned to feel guilty & the frequency in our lives of knowing how often we disappoint our narcissistic mothers is so painful. That isn’t always easy to shake off, even when we are adults & know better.
But yanno something?? When we “fail” our narcissistic parents, we are simply living life according to our rules as we should. We are following God’s plan for our lives rather than their plans, which is obviously way more important! As Shakespeare said in “Hamlet”, “To thine own self be true.” What wise advice! Living for someone, anyone, else is a guaranteed way to make yourself utterly miserable!
And, as for feeling guilty for not spending time with your narcissistic parents, I’ll share something that God has shown me many times. My parents are reaping what they’ve sown with me. I don’t want to spend time with them because of the sorry way they have treated me for my entire life. Who wants to spend time with anyone who mistreats or abuses them?! If you are battling guilt for setting boundaries on your interaction with your narcissistic parents, please remember that- they are reaping what they have sown. People who sow bad seeds (being abusive, neglectful, hurtful, manipulative) will sow an unpleasant harvest (being ignored, strong boundaries that are enforced, not tolerating abuse) in return. That doesn’t mean something is wrong with you- it means you are a normal person!!
Now if you’ll pardon me, I’m off for some well needed self care. Music, relaxing, snuggling furkids & a shower…
Many people who have survived abuse, especially childhood abuse, don’t realize there is a vast difference between healthy, normal guilt & toxic shame. We are taught from day one to feel shame- ashamed of who we are, what we think/feel/do/like/don’t like & more. This is absolutely deadly to one’s self-esteem. When you are ashamed of who you are, you want to hide from the world- you don’t want to expose anyone to the terrible person you believe you are. You would love to be invisible.
Guilt, however, is a very useful, healthy tool in life. Guilt doesn’t make you feel ashamed of yourself- guilt makes you feel ashamed of something you did that was wrong instead. Guilt speaks of the action, while shame speaks of who you are. For example, if you come home after a very trying day, & snap at your husband, you should feel guilt. Enough guilt for acting that way to make you say, “I’m sorry, Baby.. I’ve had an awful day. It’s not fair of me to take it out on you though.” Once your apology is accepted, you let it go.
Shame however, would make you tell yourself that you are a terrible person. You shouldn’t have acted that way- only a bad person acts like that! You may or may not apologize- shame may make you feel too embarrassed to apologize- but you will beat yourself up for being such a bad person.
Do you see the difference? Guilt says, “I did something wrong,” where shame says, “I am wrong & bad.”
Do you have a healthy sense of guilt, or do you feel shame? If you are in doubt, ask yourself how you feel after doing something that hurts another person’s feelings. (And yes, you will- we ALL do hurtful things sometimes, no matter how careful we are to avoid it). If you quickly do what you can to make amends & let it go, then you are feeling healthy guilt. If you beat yourself up for being a terrible person, you feel shame.
It can be hard to overcome shame, especially after a lifetime of experience with it, but it can be done. As you work on your healing, your self-esteem naturally improves. You also see things in a much healthier perspective- you begin to realize that you are NOT at fault for everything, as you heard you were when you were a child. You realize that things were done to you that you didn’t deserve, & nothing you could have done would have made you deserve to be abused. These things help you to feel less & less shame as time passes.
Good morning, Dear Readers! I hope this post finds you well.
I had a rough day yesterday. I needed to run down the street to the craft store to get a couple of things for a project I’m making, but I couldn’t do it. The agoraphobia was really bad. The thought of going out terrified me, which ultimately depressed me, & made me feel so trapped. I talked to hubby about everything when he got home in the afternoon, & he suggested I write more details about my daily battles with these mental health problems. So, here you are..
As any followers of my writing know, I have Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It stems from years of emotional incest, plus emotional & verbal abuse starting in childhood, as far back as I can remember. Symptoms of C-PTSD include flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, difficultly regulating mood, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems, a heightened startle response, hyper vigilance & agoraphobia (fear of public places). The last few nights I barely have slept at all, even with the help of sleeping pills. This lack of sleep makes the symptoms flare up worse than usual, which is probably why the agoraphobia was so bad yesterday. I literally could NOT make myself go to the craft store! It was depressing & frustrating, leaving me crying most of the day. When my husband came home, he wanted to know what was wrong & I told him. I also told him more details about my battle with agoraphobia, which I thought I would share with you.
Before all of the C-PTSD symptoms manifested, I had some- nightmares, anxiety, depression, & an exaggerated startle response. I lived with these symptoms off & on my entire life & to varying degrees. Depression was always the worst, leaving me suicidal most of the first twenty five years or so of my life. Then in September, 1996, my maternal grandmother died. I hadn’t seen her in a few years at that point, due to first my mother & my ex-husband telling me that my grandparents were ashamed of me & didn’t care about me. Grandmom’s death was very hard for me- I loved my paternal grandparents dearly, & had missed them so much. I felt horrible I hadn’t been able to bring myself to say good bye to her (even though I also figured she probably wouldn’t have cared to see me), & my father reinforced my guilt. I had my first full blown panic attack the night before Grandmom’s viewing. I refused to go to it the following day, or her funeral the day after, much to my father’s dismay. (To this day, I don’t think he understands why I didn’t go in spite of my explaining things, but we don’t discuss it.)
Shortly after, I suddenly was having problems with going into public places. They suddenly terrified me. I was a little better with someone beside me, but going to these places alone was out of the question. Eventually, I prayed, asking God what this was all about. He told me that all my life, I’d been made to feel like I need to be invisible- have no feelings, needs or wants, bother no one in any way, shape or form. Stay “on a shelf” until I’m needed. (All of this is a result of the emotional incest I’ve experienced at my parents’ hands.) Then a few days after Grandmom died, hubby told his mother about my loss when we were visiting his parents one day. She completely ignored him, & changed the subject. (She’s never liked me, so this response wasn’t surprising) Somehow, in my mind, this cemented the fact I am to have no needs, feelings, etc. When that happened, I somehow also started to believe that I should not even be in a public place. No one needs to be bothered with my presence.
Intense, isn’t it? This knowledge helped me tremendously, though. I started telling myself I was fine- I could go out, I was doing nothing wrong, bothering no one, & have every right to come & go as I please. For several years, I would become somewhat anxious, but not terrified any longer, of public places.
Then in May, 2012, I developed all of the symptoms for C-PTSD, & the agoraphobia came back with a vengeance. Even armed with the knowledge of why I have it, I still battle it. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because my brain is actually damaged (people with PTSD & C-PTSD actually have physical damage to their brains resulting from the trauma they have experienced). Maybe it’s because I’ve tried to be strong for too long, & lack the strength to continue fighting agoraphobia. I don’t know. But, I’m learning to live with it at least. It’s a step in the right direction.
I’m learning the importance of relaxing & sleep. The more relaxed & well-rested I am, the better the chances I can go out alone without having a panic attack in a store. I am constantly trying to remind myself that I am important- I have needs, feelings & wants just like everyone. I also remind myself I have limitations, & that is ok. I have beat myself up for years because I have problems stemming from all of the abuse I’ve experienced in my life. All it did was make me feel guilty. That makes no sense! Those who abused me should feel guilty, not me! I have reacted in a very normal way to an abnormal amount of crap! I have started talking some about what I have experienced. In fact, I wrote about it in my book, “Emerging from the Chrysalis” (ebook: “Emerging from the Chrysalis”). Writing that book was a huge step for me, as I was always told not to “air our dirty laundry” or made to feel guilty if I did discuss being abused with anyone. Making my story available to the whole world was (& still is!) terrifying! But, it is my story & mine alone- I have the right to choose what I do with my story. And maybe, sharing it will help others. I pray it will, like I pray sharing my battles with C-PTSD & all of its symptoms will…
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