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Why ‘No Contact,’ Intentional Detachment, & Support Help the Trauma Bond

‘No Contact,’ Detachment, & Support © 2017 Rhonda Freeman, PhD  | All Rights Reserved The combination of (non-professional) approaches I have found to be most helpful for survivors to implement in the aftermath of narcissistic and psychopathic abuse are No Contact Detachment Support Let’s look at why. Feeling deeply attached to a partner that has turned… Read More »

Why Does It Feel Like Two Different Relationships When One Unwittingly Falls for a Psychopath?

The Two Phases of a Psychopathic Relationship [My Reward System Theory] © 2017 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Many women and men struggle with extreme levels of pain and stress due to relationship problems. Some couples can work through their obstacles and get back on track. But, for… Read More »

Healing After Trauma – Narcissistic & Psychopathic Abuse

Healing After Trauma | Narcissistic & Psychopathic Abuse © 2016 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Cruelty, psychological games, and danger are never love. This is why the breakup period or aftermath with abusers will usually require a recovery process. Healing. It is not a matter of a broken… Read More »

Is Psychopathy & Narcissistic Personality Disorder Education the Same as Recovery

Is Psychopathy & Narcissistic Personality Disorder Education the Same as Recovery © 2015 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Education No, education on this topic is not equivalent to recovery and healing. Information is important to satisfy the natural cognitive desire to understand what happened and the need… Read More »

Nine Steps Toward the Road to Self Compassion After an Abusive Relationship

9 Steps Toward the Road to Self Compassion © 2015 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved After a relationship with an abuser, it’s important to be in your own corner. It will be worth it to gain a realistic appreciation of who you are – free from criticism. Work toward self compassion. Implementing self compassion is one… Read More »

Heredity | Psychopathy and Offspring

Heredity and Psychopathy Children and Callous – Unemotional Traits © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Can children be considered psychopathic? Research of children who demonstrate strong psychopathic traits indicate that this age group is not diagnosed with psychopathy. Rather their emotional and affective presentation and condition… Read More »

Using the Experience of Narcissist or Psychopathic Abuse to Grow

Using the Experience to Benefit Future Decisions © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form The learning gained in the aftermath of an abusive relationship will be more valuable to some than any degree or diploma. Psychopathy awareness, insight, and education has such a powerful impact on future… Read More »

Four Traits that Benefit Healing

Characteristics Beneficial to Healing Traits that are Helpful to Healing © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved Education will feed the cognitive desire to understand and clarify the situation (satisfy the ‘thinking‘ needs). But recovery and healing requires more than education. It is difficult for education and awareness to address the emotional chaos, trauma, and… Read More »

Dating Again After Abuse | New Relationships

Dating Again | New Relationships © 2014 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Dating again can be a difficult area to approach after an abusive partner. It can be frightening to open up to someone new after emotional or physical violation from a person you trusted. After enduring the pain… Read More »

Psychological Abuse | Emotional Abuse

Psychological Abuse | Emotional Abuse © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Psychological and emotional abuse are common within relationships with partners who lack empathy and a conscience. For most it will be safest to avoid individuals with traits associated with violating the rights of others. Otherwise, exposure to individuals… Read More »

Simple Things Matter

Simple things matter © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form The simple things in life can bring such peace and contentment. With the capacity to bond deeply, there is the ability to truly be happy. Your world is real; people and relationships have meaning. You are not… Read More »

Brain Talk Show Skit [video] – Amygdala & Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex

A Little Neuroanatomy Lesson Prefrontal Cortex and the Amygdala © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Want an easy way to remember a little neuroanatomy? Watch ‘NeuroInstincts Live!’ – the favorite talk show of brain regions. We have a couple of brain ‘A listers’ visiting tonight – the… Read More »

Healing and Psychopath Abuse Recovery

Healing & Psychopath Abuse Recovery © 2013 NeuroInstincts | Rhonda Freeman, PhD All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Psychopath abuse recovery represents a challenging life ordeal. Coming out of these relationships, many look at the world differently and wonder how the heart of someone they loved could be filled with such… Read More »

PTSD | Narcissistic & Psychopathic Abuse

PTSD ~ Narcissistic & Psychopathic Abuse © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form You fall in love and want to build a future with someone that seems pretty special. But this person is not like your other partners. Suddenly you find yourself defending your thoughts and opinions to someone… Read More »

You Make Me Sick | Abusive Relationships, Domestic Violence, & Health

You Make Me Sick | Abusive Relationships & Health © 2013 NeuroInstincts | All Rights Reserved | No Unauthorized Reproduction Permitted in any form Constant interaction with a callous and emotionally abusive partner is more than psychologically damaging. It can lead to the loss of one of the most valuable gifts we have – Health. The… Read More »

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