It took courage to be vulnerable and share my childhood core belief of "I feel flawed. I feel worthless.", with an in-law. It was later purposely used to reinforce the shame and the pain she knew I was experiencing. Overwhelming, incomprehensible, shocking betrayal. Shock as the ultimate trigger to my childhood trauma. Now it's time to heal. I choose to surround myself with supportive, compassionate, and loving relationships.
Trauma survivors with PTSD often experience problems with their intimate family relationships or close friendships because it involves symptoms that interfere with trust, emotional closeness, communication, responsible assertiveness, and effective problem solving. Successful relationships involve sharing feelings openly and honestly with an attitude of respect and compassion. No wonder it's difficult!