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Jerry Retford Shares His Story of Taking Responsibility, Ending Abusive Behavior

“And I need to take responsibility for that if I want to get well. Instead of blaming everyone else for what was going on, I started looking at me and how I can change me and it was a phenomenal process…” 150 more words

Domestic Violence

Walking On Eggshells

“Just saw that S has removed her relationship status from social media again. She claimed she didn’t do it, that Facebook screwed up, just like the last few times. 809 more words

Narcissistic Abuse

When Love is not the Strongest Bond

Verbal violence makes me feel: sad, disillusioned, discouraged, ashamed, angry, afraid, confused. It also makes me lose respect. This is how I interpret it: she must not love me very much if she is willing to hurt me like this. 965 more words

Narcissistic Abuse

Oh, But My Darling, What If You Fly?

I’ve been asked how I knew I was ready. How did I know I was ready to say ‘no more’. It’s not a straightforward answer, but then this issue never is, is it? 1,777 more words


It's Only Temporary: Remember That

I’ve forced myself out of bed at evil o’clock on my day off because I’ve had a bad night and consequently woke up this morning in the middle of a slight anxiety attack. 897 more words

Don't Call Me Strong. I'm Not Strong.

I am not a strong person. I am not tenacious. I am not wise. I went through something really, really awful and simply being alive afterwards does not, in and of itself, warrant any particular praise. 1,229 more words


Life Stories #7: A Better Truth About Anger.

Back in 1990 when I was studying to become a counsellor, I was introduced to the concept of teleology. All people are teleological beings, everything said and done is with a particular goal in mind. 1,184 more words