life feelings abuse

We Can't Heal in a Toxic Environment

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Survivors are told they are responsible for their healing. I, as a survivor, say we as a collective world, society and culture are responsible for creating an environment that isn’t traumatized and causes intentional harm.

One that isn’t oppressive in the first place. A plant cannot thrive without the necessary conditions. An experiment was even carried out that showed how a plant responded to being verbally bullied by withering away and dying instead of thriving and growing.

Humans are like plants, needing the right conditions to thrive. I don’t believe trauma should be divided into small or big T’s, or abuse into “worse” and “lesser.” This isn’t helpful and only brings shame, and shame becomes toxic and blocks the healing process.

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