When people endure trauma, abuse, discrimination, hardship, or profound loss, the journey back to wholeness can seem elusive and daunting. Healing from distressing experiences is often portrayed as a linear, predictable process.
Trauma bonds and healthy love relationships may look similar on the surface but are distinctly different psychological and emotional experiences. A trauma bond refers to an intense attachment that forms between a victim and abuser, rooted in a power imbalance that enables ongoing cycles of abuse.
The schema originates early in life due to traumatic events like parental divorce, emotional abuse, inconsistent nurturing, or illness/death of a caregiver. These adverse childhood experiences create an imprint that gets reinforced over time.
Living a life of purpose, meaning, and fulfilment involves fully engaging in the daily opportunities around us. We can craft lives rich with joy, creativity, and significance by pursuing our passions, connecting deeply with others, continuously expanding our knowledge, finding inner calm, and maintaining an optimistic mindset.
Where does this hopelessness stem from? Oftentimes, people lose hope when they face (Feeling When All Hope is Lost) what feels like an endless string of failures, disappointments, and hardships.