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Healing the Psychological Effects of Abandonment

Experiencing emotional abandonment in childhood can make us feel anxious, distrustful, ashamed, and inadequate – and these feelings often follow us into adulthood and make it difficult for us to form healthy, trusting relationships. In this article, you’ll learn how to begin healing the psychological effects of abandonment.  What is emotional abandonment? Emotional abandonment means …

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Emotional Invalidation: A Form of Emotional Abuse

Emotional invalidation is painful. Sometimes it’s unintentional, but it’s a sign of emotional abuse when done repeatedly and intentionally. Have others minimized, shamed, or invalidated your feelings? Having your feelings diminished, ignored, or rejected is a painful experience for all of us – but even more so if you’re a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) or …

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10 Ways to Free Yourself from “Toxic” Parents

People with toxic behaviors (“toxic people”*) can make your life miserable. But you can reclaim your life! In this article, you’ll start to learn how to free yourself from toxic parents by setting boundaries and detaching from enmeshed relationships. This post contains an affiliate link, which means we may earn a small commission if you …

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Boundaries with Toxic People

How to Set Boundaries with Toxic People

This article discusses ways to set boundaries with “toxic” people*. This includes identifying your needs, communicating effectively, recognizing your options, detaching with love, releasing guilt, and limiting contact. It isn’t easy to set boundaries with toxic people! But we can all learn to set boundaries with toxic people — and when we do, it’s empowering. …

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Treat Yourself Like a Toddler and Other Tips for Those Who Struggle with Self-Care. A guide to self-care for codependents and those who struggle with self-care. Learn the difference between self-care and indulgence.

Treat Yourself Like a Toddler (and Other Tips for Those Who Struggle with Self-Care)

Codependents and people who grew up in dysfunctional families often struggle with self-care. But you can learn what true self-care is and how to tend to your needs. Do you struggle with self-care? Self-care is especially hard for those who grew up in dysfunctional families and/or developed codependent traits. Codependents struggle with self-care because they …

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