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Exercises in Vulnerability

After divorce, we often enter a protective state, curled inward and walled off to the outside world. And without practice, we soon forget the critical skill of being able to be fully seen by...

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Should You Believe Your Triggers?

I could feel it washing over me like a great wave trying to pull me under, both blinding me and choking me. My body went into full-on fight or flight mode, any rational thinking...

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The Importance of Feeling Safe in a Relationship

When you don’t feel safe in a relationship, your focus shifts from connection to protection. Instead of turning towards your partner, you’re turning inward or turning away in an attempt to avoid a sense...

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Four Types of Marital Abandonment You Need to Know About

When I filed for a “fault” divorce (which, in retrospect, was a mistake), one of the reasons cited was “marital abandonment.” It was a clear call – he walked out of the house and...

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Understanding Financial Abuse

When I first realized that I had been a victim of financial abuse at the hands of my husband, my first reaction was fear. How in the world would I be able to survive,...

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