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Unmasking the “Stop Playing the Victim” Gaslighting Tactic

The phrase "stop playing the victim" is often wielded as a tool of gaslighting against survivors of trauma. Those who use it frequently have little understanding of how trauma works and harbor misguided notions about the healing process. It’s a pernicious statement that invalidates the survivor's experience and perpetuates a cycle of abuse and violence, often under the guise of 'tough love' or misguided authority.

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Unveiling the Darkness Within Nightmares and Night Terrors in Trauma Survivors

Turning the lights off at night is a seemingly simple daily act for many. It signals the eventual soothing descent into darkness and slumber. However, for survivors of trauma and abuse, the night can become a battleground—one where the mind, a powerful repository of anguish, resurrects horrors in the form of nightmares and night terrors. Such nocturnal episodes, shrouded in mystery, are often dismissed as mere byproducts of a tired mind or an overactive imagination. Yet, these phenomena harbor secrets that demand our attention, especially within the context of trauma. Nightmares and night terrors are not only harbingers of hidden trauma, they are messengers beckoning us to confront the shadows of the past. Let's unravel the enigma of these disturbing nocturnal experiences and propose a deeper, more compassionate understanding of their role in the healing process of trauma survivors.

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Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: A Guide for Survivors

Childhood abuse leaves lasting scars on survivors, and the impact can last for generations. Those who experience trauma as children are more likely to grow up to be abusive themselves or entangled in toxic relationships. But, as difficult as it may seem, we can break the cycle of abuse – both for ourselves and for generations to come. This article will provide insights on how to stop the cycle of abuse and break free from the damaging patterns that have been passed down from one generation to another.

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What are Gaslighters?

Gaslighting is a term to describe people who try to manipulate others by psychological methods. Essentially they use this to make the other person question their own reality, their own sanity and their own way of looking at things, especially themselves.

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What does C-PTSD and PTSD healing really mean?

One year ago I reached a point where I could not handle my life anymore. My depression was so strong, for me, and I was falling apart. I would be wracked with emotional flashbacks. I would be hit at any moment without warning with pain, grief and loss. I would start to feel the rage that had plagued me when I was a child. There would be times when I would put up the emotional bubble, the shield that protected me from feeling when I was a kid.

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9/11 2001 A Memoir

Every year for the last 16 years this day has rolled around, often catching me off guard. The days building up to it I feel something, something I am not […]

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The Morning My Mother Showed Me Magic Existed

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