Narcissistic Abuse is a paralyzing form of abuse. Tactics employed are psychological abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, gaslighting, love bombing, crazy making, narcissistic rage, betrayal and sometimes physical and sexual abuse. Victims of this type of abuse lose their true identity in the relationship and often struggle to find their way back to their true self.
Partner Betrayal includes infidelity with emotional or sexual affairs, abandonment, rejection, neglect, emotional unavailability. sexual acting out outside the marriage while sexually anorexic in the marriage. Partner Betrayal is one of the most traumatic experiences someone can endure and often leaves the betrayed partner with Complex PTSD, Trauma Bonds, and the inability to maintain healthy relationships afterward
Relational Trauma and Family of Origin Trauma develop due to dysfunctional, toxic or abusive intimate or family relationships. These traumatic experiences in these relationships can cause the victims to feel they can't be their true self so they function in a pleasing false self. Their experiences often cause them to shut down or lash out in other relationships when things feel familiar to the original traumas.
Adult Children of Dysfunctional or Toxic Families are children that grow up in toxic, abusive or neglectful homes that carry their traumatic experiences into adulthood. Often times these Adults become dysfunctional adults, spouses and parents too. They bring their fear of other people, their shame, their compliance, their anger, their addictions and other negative coping skills into their Adult relationships
Codependency is a well known word that indicates a dependency on people to get needs met with negative coping skills. Someone that is codependent may see themselves as a helper but may actually be trying to control an outcome. Love Addiction is an anxious attachment style that creates intense love feelings very quickly and can be overwhelming to a potential partner. Love becomes the greatest need of the anxiously attached person and can look like neediness, anxiety, heavy pursuit, compliance and layering one relationship on top of the other because Love Addicted person is terrified of being alone and sees it as a defect.
Sex addiction is an addiction to sex or sexually based activities where the person is unable to stop their acting out behaviors and these behaviors are causing them trouble in relationships, finances, and many other areas of their life. Sometimes these behaviors can even cause them legal troubles, divorce and their children's respect. Co-Addiction is where the partner of the sex addict is addicted to them causing their life to become unmanageable also. Co-Addicts may try to leave the relationship numerous times unsuccessfully but continue to return hoping the Sex Addict with get and remain sober from their acting out behaviors.