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How to Break the Cycle of Painful, Dramatic Relationships

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“No matter how far we come, our parents are always in us.” ~Brad Meltzer Had you asked me five years ago, before my healing and personal growth journey began, if my upbringing and were shaping the choices I was making in relationships, I would have scoffed at you and said, “No way.

Are you kidding?” Somehow, I had normalized the dysfunction I grew up in: the absentee father, the mother with mental illness, the lack of stability and safety, the enmeshment and codependency, the attachment wounds that left me spending a lifetime searching for someone or something to fill the void.

Somehow, I had overlooked the fact that I had chosen a partner who reflected back to me what had been familiar in my past: the power struggles, the imbalances, the passiveness and emotional disconnection, the unhealthy conflict resolution, the gaslighting and volatility.

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