Overcompensation is a defense mechanism wherein individuals attempt to mask their perceived weaknesses or insecurities by exhibiting the opposite behavior or attitude. In the realm of intimate relationships, this can manifest as overcompensating boundaries. Such boundaries, intended to be protective, may arise from underlying fears, insecurities, or past traumas rather than from genuine personal values
(4-minute read) Traumatic experiences, especially those from childhood, often lead to difficulties that appear in our romantic relationships. Those with a history of trauma often feel more comfortable keeping friends and colleagues at a distance but anxious in more intimate relationships because this strategy no longer works. And it isn’t just events from childhood. Toxic
What is Dissociation? (5 minute read) Dissociation is an experience in which we feel removed from our current environment. It can range from feeling somewhat zoned out, to a disturbing unfamiliarity with our surroundings and recent behavior. The wide variety of unusual symptoms that accompany dissociation can make it extremely frightening to the person experiencing
A strong self-identity is essential when it comes to intimacy, asserting yourself and exercising good boundaries with your family, friends, and partner. It can also guard against feeling manipulated or resentful in personal relationships. But what is self-identity and where does it come from? Our self-Identity is formed during childhood and adolescence. Ideally, this was
The effects of trauma can persist even after a traumatic event is long past. This latent trauma can manifest in various ways. One person might experience night terrors and panic attacks. Another might have intense anxiety and a serious mistrust of others. For many people, trauma results in long-standing fear. And it’s completely understandable.