Conflicting Feelings of Rejection when the Abuser Withdraws

All abuse, whether it is emotional and psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse or spiritual abuse, is abuse and that these articles that I write on Emerging from Broken apply to ALL kinds of abuse.  I intentionally make a connection between depression, dissociation, multiple personality, eating disorders, addictions and other mental health struggles and abuse. … Continue reading "Conflicting Feelings of Rejection when the Abuser Withdraws"

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Psychological, Physical, and Sexual Abuse WHY Questions

Sometimes we get stuck on the “why’s” and the why questions. We can talk endlessly about what happened, we can realize that it was not our fault, we can face the pain of having been devalued, used, unprotected, powerless and disregarded, but the why questions still remain. ~Why did my mother seem to take pleasure … Continue reading "Psychological, Physical, and Sexual Abuse WHY Questions"

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“It’s Just That, We Care About You…”

I’ve been thinking a lot about a one of the last comments made on my post “Groomed to Doubt Through Spiritual Abuse.” The writer said in a nutshell that the people who voiced strong disagreement with my posts were people from my real life who really just cared about me. Words like this can be … Continue reading "“It’s Just That, We Care About You…”"

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Decision Making and the Conundrum of a “Bad” Heart

In high school I wrote a worship song with these words: “Cleanse my motives, make them pure. Change my heart to be like your’s. Fill me with your precious love. Dear Father make me holy…” It was really more like a dirge! By this time, the religious systems I was a part of had me convinced that … Continue reading "Decision Making and the Conundrum of a “Bad” Heart"

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A Young “Leader”, Valued for all the Wrong Reasons

I was a very esteemed member of the small private school I graduated from. Most people might have considered me to have been lucky, been jealous of my “status.” My peers looked up to me. My teachers applauded me. I was valedictorian of my class and won the “Student of the Year” award numerous times. … Continue reading "A Young “Leader”, Valued for all the Wrong Reasons"

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Survivors of Abuse and Re-establishing Self Worth

Emerging from Broken Being survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, religious abuse or psychological abuse has a lasting effect on us. One of the worst consequences is that our value has been falsely defined by others. We are told who we are and who we should be. Over time we are conditioned to accept that … Continue reading "Survivors of Abuse and Re-establishing Self Worth"

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