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How Lack of Love in Childhood Robs Us of Love in Adulthood


Love is a feeling that motivates us and leads us to better ourselves and the lives of those around us. Love is closely related to things like joy, family, satisfaction, care, and love is something we all seek to embrace in our relationships with others.

Yet for many people, love is pain, love is grief, and seeking love with others only leads to more pain and more grief. Unfortunately, this is a seemingly inescapable cycle that you and...


Abuse

How Narcissists Use Future Faking to Manipulate You


Future faking is one of the most prominent yet subtle tools used by people with strong narcissistic tendencies and other dark personality traits. Indeed, if you’ve had the misfortune to interact with a narcissist, you have certainly witnessed future faking in its most detrimental form. So what is future faking, how does it work, and what does it mean?
What Is Future Faking?
Future faking is when a person lies or promises something about your possible future...


Abuse

Trust Issues That Arise from Childhood Trauma


If they are being honest, many people will say that they have trust issues. Issues trusting their partners, their parents, their bosses, and even themselves. Trust issues, indeed, heavily impact the most intimate of our relationships because these are the relationships that we are the most vulnerable in. They also impact our relationship with ourselves.

As a result, we may lie about who we are or our intentions, or we learned to withhold information and our true, genuine...


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Using Euphemistic Language Obfuscates Abuse and Betrays Victims


Language as a Tool for Understanding and Denial
We conceptualize reality by using language. This means that we describe the world around us by using words. The more accurately we describe it, the more aligned our perception of the world is with actual reality. That’s why using language properly is important to a person’s mental health, and the words ‘insane’ or ‘crazy’ are used to describe someone who is out of touch with reality.


Childhood Trauma

Abusive Things Narcissists and Other Abusers Think Are Okay to Do


Narcissists, sociopaths, psychopaths, manipulators, predators, abuse apologists, and other people with dark personality traits have a warped sense of normalcy. They either think that abnormal and immoral behavior and thoughts are normal—or they think that it’s only okay when they act abhorrently to others, but, of course, not when others do it to them.

The former is explained by their lack of morality and abusive tendencies, while the latter is because they believe that they are exceptional,...