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Are You Trauma Bonded?: Signs, Red Flags, & Next Steps for Healing Ep: 158

In this episode of Relationship Recovery, Kierstyn and Tiffany take a deep dive into the complex topic of trauma bonds. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who has ever questioned their relationship dynamics or felt inexplicably drawn to someone despite the presence of unhealthy patterns.


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What to Expect This Episode:

In this episode you'll gain insights into:

  • The science behind trauma bonds… Discover why these bonds are so difficult to break. Your brain gets hooked on the highs of the relationship, releasing feel-good chemicals, and then whipsaws you with the lows, flooding your system with stress hormones. This constant rollercoaster keeps you stuck in a fight-or-flight mode, making it challenging to think clearly and prioritize your own well-being.

  • What types of relationships can be affected… Trauma bonds can form in any type of relationship, including friendships, family ties, and even work environments. You're not alone if you're experiencing this in a non-romantic context.

  • Validation and hope… If you suspect you're caught in a trauma bond, this episode will resonate deeply. You'll receive validation for your experiences and gain valuable tools to begin the healing process.

  • How to break free… Kierstyn and Tiffany offer actionable tips to break the cycle of a trauma bond and prioritize your own well-being.

Key Takeaways:

  • Trauma bonds are formed through a complex interplay of brain chemistry and emotional manipulation.

  • They can occur in any type of relationship, not just romantic ones.

  • Recognizing the signs of a trauma bond is the first step to breaking free.

  • Healing is possible with self-compassion, supportive resources, and practical strategies.

Do you think you might be in a trauma bond? Check out the resources below the show notes.

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