Childhood Abuse Impacts Us into Adulthood
An integral part of healing from childhood abuse is recognizing the ways that it impacts us in the present.
1. Parent Denying Our Experience
Injury upon injury is when those seemingly closest to us don't believe our truth.
This can keep us in a cycle of shame, isolation and mistrust of our own reality.
2. Ignored and Unheard
When caregivers and other adults ignore the signs of our abuse, we learn that our safety doesn't matter, and are more likely to miss the cues of danger when we're in adulthood.
3. Being Told Not to Feel
When our abuse or oppression is minimized and we're tone-policed, we learn to ignore our feelings, shut down or get louder in order to be heard.
4. Lack of Boundaries
When our boundaries for safety are crossed in childhood, we can disregard them in adulthood or make them so rigid that we prevent deeper social connections.
5. Emotionally Unstable Caregiver
Without consistent care in childhood we can learn to prioritize others needs first, in hopes that these efforts will finally be returned, but choose people that are less likely to do so.