Do you struggle to trust people? Do you expect people to betray or mistreat you?
When you’ve been let down a lot by important people in your life, then you come to expect others can’t be trusted. This is especially true if they were aggressive, violent, sexually abusive or psychologically threatening.
In this episode, Jim explores the Mistrust and Abuse lifetrap. Continuing the mini-series on Reinventing Your Life by Young and Klosko, Jim looks at what it means to be stuck in this life-trap. He explores the experience of mistrusting people, the problems it can cause and where it comes from. You’ll also understand more about something called dissociation, which often occurs when you can’t fight back.
This is a tricky problem to work through and often needs the support and intervention of a therapist or close friend. And, there are also things that you can begin to do for yourself that will help you move forwards. These steps from the book are described and expanded on with Jim’s own reflections of how to deal with childhood trauma and begin learning to trust people.
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