Relationship Dynamics: Traumatic & Abusive Relationships


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Relationship dynamics can be complicated. Even for the smartest among us.

Traumatic relationships are more common (and more perplexing) than you may think it is.

Have you ever wondered why some people struggle to get out of relationships that are abusive, demeaning, & crushing?

I had the opportunity of speaking with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C on her podcast TherapyChatPodcast.

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C and I discuss the complicated dynamics of abusive relationships and the role of traumatic bonding. Traumatic bonding describes the process of becoming emotionally and psychologically attached to someone who is dominating, uncaring, and abusive. Check her out on Twitter at @therapychatpod or @lauralcswc

What is traumatic bonding?

The attachment tends to occur when two individuals are engaging in emotionally and psychologically bonding events. It also tends to occur when the abuser is charming, calm, and in control of his or her emotions. Despite the bond that has occurred, the abuser may begin to display frightening, controlling, or dominating behaviors such as stalking, obsessiveness, physical violence, or any other behavior deemed abusive.

We discuss this topic at great length for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 2017). Please share it! You never know who could use it.

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Listen to the full podcast below or by navigating to the home page of this website and clicking on the embedded tweet.

Episode 107: Abusive Relationship Dynamics & Traumatic Bonding