Illusions Shattered, Innocence Lost, Identity Shaken

Illusions Shattered, Innocence Lost, Identity Shaken

“That sense of loss grew within the humans who had been left behind, left to live without unicorns. Even the ones who had never seen a unicorn, never heard of a unicorn, felt the passing of something sweet and wonderful. It was as if the air had surrendered a bit of its spice, the water a bit of its sparkle, the night a bit of its mystery.”

(Bruce Coville, Dark Whispers)

Loss of innocence. Shattered hopes and dreams. Identity crisis. These are common feelings among those of us who’ve been through the trauma of a relationship with a psychopath.

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In the Aftermath: GRIEF

In the Aftermath: GRIEF

The person you loved—maybe more than you ever loved anyone before—and who loved you just as much, is gone from your life, never to return. Of course you’re grieving.

But wait a minute, you tell yourself. You shouldn’t be grieving because you know this person didn’t really love you, and, in fact, your soul mate didn’t even really exist at all. You know now that after the glorious beginning, your relationship slowly became an ever-worsening emotional hell because of manipulation and from being treated with a stunning lack of empathy by  person who was incapable of it, and who was also unable to love.

What are you supposed to do with that? (more…)

Are You Contemplating Ending Your Life?

Are You Contemplating Ending Your Life?

Once Upon a While by Claire Maeda. This illustration is permitted for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0. No changes were made to this image.

Once Upon a While by Claire Maeda. This illustration is permitted for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0. No changes were made to this image.

 

This morning I received a note

from a reader named Michael who said, “I am so emotionally devastated that I have been struggling to keep myself safe from suicide.”

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Faith That You Will Heal is the Key to Healing

Faith That You Will Heal is the Key to Healing

In your darkest hours,

you may wonder if you will ever heal from something as awful as what you have been through, having been the victim of a psychopath. The experience might have left you questioning the meaning and purpose of your life, and of life in general. It may have shaken your belief in all you thought you knew about human nature, and left you feeling uncertain about everything, including yourself.

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