Category: toxic family abuse

The Connection Between Family Scapegoating Abuse (FSA) and Complex Trauma

Adult survivors of family scapegoating abuse (FSA) have historically been diagnosed with one or more mental health conditions that ignore the trauma symptoms they are regularly experiencing. Rarely will their most distressing symptoms be recognized as Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) secondary to growing up in an unstable, non-nurturing, dangerous, rejecting, or abusive family environment.

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Love at Any Price: Childhood Attachment and the Development of the False Self

This week’s article explores how the scapegoated child may unconsciously live as a ‘false self’ so as to experience a sense of attachment and belonging with their primary caregivers…

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When Your Family Invalidates Your Experiences of Abuse and Complex Trauma

It is difficult enough to bear the burden of traumatic childhood experiences and its long-term physical, emotional, and mental effects. For adult survivors of family scapegoating abuse (FSA), this difficulty is magnified by the fact that their reports of abuse or trauma are typically denied, dismissed, and invalidated by their family due to their being in the ‘identified patient’ role…

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