Even if the memories of abuse are hidden from the survivor’s awareness, blocked trauma / unresolved trauma creates very noticeable and obvious symptoms that can be easily seen in their every day lives.
Narcissistic abuse is so traumatic that many survivors appear to develop PTSD, in reality, it is my opinion (the writers) that early childhood trauma caused the PTSD and the TRAUMA of the Narcissist triggers it.
Knowledge is power. If you suffer from panic attacks, get to know your body. An emotional hijack, whatever its source (cognitive, sensory, or external) has the same impact on physical and mental function.
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