‘If you were in such an abusive relationship, why did you stay with them for so long?’
‘If you knew you were in a relationship with such a toxic person, why didn’t you ask people for help?’
If you’ve ever been asked these questions, aside from being ignorant and hurtful, you’ll know it’s beyond frustrating. The answer to the above questions, whilst it’s complex and often confusing, can be given with two words: trauma bonded.
If you find you’re in a relationship that you know is so toxic that it’s crushing your very being, but you can’t bring yourself to leave, you may be in the clutches of a tight trauma bond. If you’re constantly feeling on edge, forever working to appease your spouse to little avail and like you’re constantly being chipped away at with their abusive behavior, then I can understand how emotionally shattering it feels to live this way.