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Trauma Bonding

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What Is Trauma Bonding?

A trauma bond is an emotional attachment between an abuser and a victim after repeated violence.

According to a study in Sage Journals, a trauma bond usually occurs because of:

The research shows that empathy plays a large role in creating a trauma bond.

There have been 2 types of empathy identified:

  1. Affective empathy: This type involves understanding the emotions of others.
  2. Cognitive empathy: This involves understanding someone’s perspective

Studies suggest that the combination of both these types of empathy helps to create a trauma bond. One theory states that a trauma bond is an unresolved form of insecure attachment.

How to Heal From Trauma Bonding?

There are several ways to heal trauma bonding. Some interventions our therapists like to utilize based on research include:

Talk to your therapist about different therapy interventions they specialize in. Your therapist will recommend a combination of psychoeducation and interventions best suited for your situation.

Embrace Healing The Power of Trust in Therapeutic Relationships

“In my experience, the most effective aspect of therapy is the therapeutic relationship. Establishing trust between a client and clinician is the first step to healing.”

What Is Trauma Bonding With a Narcissist?

Trauma bonding with a narcissist is common. This typically happens because the narcissistic abuser uses a combination of positive and negative experiences. The narcissist may use manipulation tactics such as gaslighting, love-bombing, and devaluation. The victim ends up viewing the positive experiences as valuable and begins relying on the abuser. The victim may have difficulty leaving the relationship with the narcissist due to fear, emotional attachment, and a distorted perception of the narcissist.

How to Avoid Trauma Bonding?

Stopping the cycle of abuse can be difficult. In our experience, having support is always beneficial.

Here are some things you can do to stop or avoid trauma bonding:

Trauma bonding is not your fault. These things are important to know if you are experiencing emotional or psychological abuse. Awareness is key. Once you acknowledge the abuse, you can seek help from loved ones and a professional who can help you develop a plan. 

Causes of Trauma Bonding

What Are Trauma Bonding Signs?

Here are some things that may indicate the presence of trauma bonding:

Trauma bonding diminishes your self-esteem and confidence. If you feel something is off in your relationship, those feelings are valid. A therapist can help you identify what you truly want out of the situation and build the confidence to accomplish it.

What Are Trauma Bonding Signs?

What Is Trauma Bonding in Friendships?

Trauma bonding in friendships usually occurs when friends go through a traumatic experience; they sometimes feel closer as a result of surviving such a difficult situation together. This may cause friends to be emotionally reliant on each other. This may result in unhealthy coping mechanisms, difficulty setting boundaries, and fear of abandonment. These relationships are usually codependent.

Break free from the cycle of trauma bonding and reclaim your emotional well-being with our tailored therapy approach. Our dedicated trauma therapists, equipped with trauma therapy expertise, are here to help you navigate the complexities of relationship trauma. Take the steps to heal, establish healthy boundaries, and cultivate self-care. Call today to schedule your trauma bonding therapy in West Palm Beach. 

Page Modified on Jan 9, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.