Podcast 354: Trauma Bonding- What it is & how to break free

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*Content/trigger warning: the following discussion contains talk about abuse and trauma bonding*

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: In this podcast I talk about trauma bonding, and how to start healing from the trauma of an abusive relationship.

Trauma bonding generally occurs in abusive relationships. It is a psychological and emotional response to abuse, when the person experiencing the abuse can develop certain attachments or sympathies for the abuser.

If you are someone who has or is suffering from abuse and trauma bonding, this content may be triggering. If you are in an abusive relationship, you can call this hotline 1.800.799.7233 or visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline website for help and immediate support. For more hotlines, including international hotlines, see https://drkimmyramotar.com/list-of-hotlines/.

Read the show blog here: https://drleaf.com/blogs/news/trauma-bonding-what-it-is-how-to-break-free


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2:15 What trauma bonding is

3:30 What happens when human attachment becomes toxic

6:38 The cycle of abuse that can lead to trauma bonding

12:05 How a trauma bond can develop

13:00 Why people often find it hard to leave an abusive relationship

20:00 The mind, brain, toxic stress & trauma bonds

24:30 You are not to blame!

26:00 Cognitive dissonance & trauma bonds

29:50 How to start healing from a trauma bond

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