HSPs:  Healing from Toxic & Abusive Relationships – [Podcast Interview]

In this podcast, Dr. Lourdes Viado and I discuss how to recognize an abusive vs. toxic relationship and how to start the healing process — plus how you might be uniquely impacted from this experience as an Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

If you are recovering from an abusive or toxic relationship, you can feel alone, isolated and broken.
  • It’s not uncommon to blame yourself for the abuse (even though it wasn’t your fault.)
  • It’s hard to fully trust your current partner, because of how you’ve been hurt in the past.
  • You might find yourself endlessly swiping on online dating app, never allowing yourself to go on dates.
  • You might still have flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, or alternate between feelings of powerlessness and rage.
In this podcast episode, Dr. Lourdes Viado and I discuss how to recognize an abusive vs toxic relationship and how to start the healing process — plus how you might be uniquely impacted from this experience as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the episode:
  • Differentiating between an abusive vs. toxic relationship (5:13) 
  • Common experiences for those in abusive or toxic relationships (16:08) 
  • How prior trauma can make someone more vulnerable to an abusive or toxic relationship (25:54) 
  • “Trauma glasses” and their impact on those who have gotten out of a abusive or toxic relationship (27:38) 
  • The importance of compassion and healing for those who grew up with abuse or trauma (29:35) 
  • The intersection between HSPs and abusive or toxic relationships (32:47) 
  • DOES: Depth of processing, Overstimulation or Overwhelm, Emotional reactivity or Empathy, Sensing of Subtleties (34:04) 
  • The hope and recovery on the other side of an abusive or toxic relationship (44:14)  
  • The importance of safety, support, and education for those in abusive or toxic relationships (46:30) 

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