What is a trauma bond? A trauma bond is defined as “dysfunctional attachments that occur in the presence of danger, shame or exploitation”. This is most common in narcissistic relationships (This includes platonic relationships, romantic relationships, and even family.) Trauma bonding is one of the things that is much easier to spot in others than yourself. Trauma bonding in relationships can be harmful because it causes you to withdraw from loved ones. You may lose the sense of your self-worth, and your confidence could suffer too. So, we’ve made this video to discuss about the signs of trauma bonding to save yourself or others from situations like this.
If you related to this video and want to learn more about narcissism in relationships, we have a video on the signs you may be dating a narcissist: https://youtu.be/VbO-cXBImtM
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