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Title: Dissociational Abusers are 100 percent responsible for their abuse, and only they can stop it, Until they do, interactions won’t be safe.
Author: Fraser Trevor
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Dissociationalists love to put others on pedestals — almost as much as they enjoy knocking them off them. “Perfect people don’t disappoi...
Dissociationalists love to put others on pedestals — almost as much as they enjoy knocking them off them. “Perfect people don’t disappoint, so if you idolise people ― even your kids ― you needn’t ever worry about being disappointed or hurt. Scapegoating accomplishes much the same thing. You never have to worry about expecting too much and being disappointed because none of us really expect anything from people we view as worthless.

There is hope for siblings who were put in this position as children,  ― even if the only thing that unites them in the end is the shared experience of having a dissociational parent.

“They can end up feeling extremely bonded to one another, “Common hostages going through different phases of torture, based on how bad the dissociation might be in their life.”

 At times, you’ve felt you were more your parent’s partner than their child.

Not all dissociationalists command the spotlight with their bold, brash personalities. Some demand the attention of the room by playing the victim or describing their problems as greater than anyone else’s problems. They may also try to control other people’s actions by threatening to harm themselves unless a certain outcome goes their way.

Us with this kind of
 parent may feel that we spent our entire childhood running to put one fire out after another, or trying to maintain the peace so that no one is hurt. Some of  tell that they felt more like their mother’s husband than their mother’s son, and this burden meant that they were doing more of the emotional supporting than the parent was. Or they felt their life was all about keeping their father from getting angry at the family.

“It’s the sense of drama that the child feels they have to manage,In order to do that, they really have to forfeit a lot of their own innate childhood needs.”

 Take time to acknowledge the young child that’s still inside you, and ask what his or her needs were and still are. Stages advocates using the power of imagination — aided, perhaps, by photos from childhood — to acknowledge the emotional needs that weren’t met and still aren’t being fulfilled by our parents.

“She’s still suffering in there and she needs someone to care about her,She needs to be able to feel that she’s fine. She needs to know that she has rights too.”

We derive self-worth solely from our achievements.

Some children of dissociationalists figure out that the only way to get along in this world is to do as their parent does and derive their self-worth from production, performance and achievement. While they may not be beset by the perilously low self-esteem and overwhelming sense of shame of a true 
dissociationalists some adult children may take on behaviors like workaholism because their performance is the only way they’ve ever been taught to define themselves.

“The child of the 
dissociationalists learns that the only thing that matters is what I can produce in the world, not just my own little being,[This] is very similar to the way the dissociationalists can be in the world, except children of dissociationalists may not have same brash overcoating — they’re more detached, more self-contained.”

Try to empathise with your parent. You don’t have to feel sorry for them, but it can be helpful to emotionally inhabit the feelings and choices of another person, to understand their thoughts and decisions, even if you don’t agree with them.  Understand that they are often intensely suffering because the survival tactics they learned in childhood are backfiring on them in adulthood.

While some researchers think that there may be a biological basis that makes some people more vulnerable to dissociation than others, others agree that the personality disorder stems from a complex mix of factors that include exceptionally harsh criticism and/or praise in childhood, which causes the child to shield their low self-esteem with a strong, perfect persona. It also makes the child especially needy of praise, admiration and flattery in order to feel normal, while leaving them especially vulnerable to even the slightest criticism.

“We care about the people  we work with because we know they’re suffering underneath. People will say, We’re such a softie on them,’ and we say we hold them responsible for their bad behaviours, but I don’t blame them for how they were formed.We emphasises that while they
 may have turned out this way through no fault of their own, it is solely their responsibility — not their children’s — to do something about it.

 We have no sense of ourselves, our wants, our needs or our goals.

A telling trait of dissociation
 is grandiosity: thoughts or feelings that one is superior to others, even if one doesn’t have the achievements to justify it. Parents may see themselves as elite, but because they never achieved a certain level of success, they may find meaning in living vicariously through their children.

“Many children of 
dissociationalists will say, ‘I’m not sure how I ended up in this career because I never really knew what I wanted,’” Or, “I always felt like I was poised to be more of a reflection of my mother rather than be my own person.”

Consider going low or no-contact with abusive or manipulative parents. Not all dissociationalists parents are abusive. But parents with extreme forms of dissociation
 can leave their adult children feeling like shells of themselves, and sometimes the safest thing for adult children to do is to limit their exposure to these toxic relationships, especially if the parents don’t think they have anything to apologise for.

 There are three signs an adult child should consider going low or no-contact with parents: Abuse, Denial and Psychopathy. No one should ever have to put up with emotional or physical abuse, and if parents can’t acknowledge the fact that there’s a problem in the first place, there’s little chance that anything will change. Psychopathy, which in this case will look like a pattern of easy lies and remorseless manipulation, indicates that the parents aren’t just bad at putting themselves in others’ shoes — they may actually lack the ability to empathise with others, and may even lack a conscience.

Dissociational Abusers are 100 percent responsible for their abuse, and only they can stop it, Until they do, interactions won’t be safe. 

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