If someone you love has lived through trauma, hopefully this list will help you understand why they sometimes struggle to open up to you. It isn't personal, trauma is just...hard.
You aren't hurting anyone by accepting the reality of your trauma.
I had a pretty rough week. And changing a few behaviors hasn't eradicated my shame. But it has shown me that I am not completely prisoner to it.
Healing is a complicated, twisted, painful, tender thing, and you are not doing it wrong, I promise.
Gaslighting destroys a person's ability to trust themselves.
Little t traumas happen all the time, and sometimes they can have a serious, lasting impact on who we are as people.
Now I'm trying to embrace my dramatic and weird, trying to be myself, but I've spent so long hiding myself and shape-shifting for other people that I have no idea who that is.