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“You love this person more than anyone in the world– But also, this person has hurt you more deeply and consistently than anyone in the world.” – Terri Cole



Have you ever wondered what makes people vulnerable to trauma bonding?

Or how to tell if you are in a trauma-bonded relationship versus one based on mutuality or true love?

From the questions I’ve received, I know many of you want a deeper understanding of trauma-bonded relationships: What are the signs and symptoms, and what does it mean?

Listen for everything you need to know to protect yourself and your relationships.


  • 3:00 Where did the term “trauma bonding” come from and what does it mean?
  • Signs you may be in a trauma bonding relationship
    • 7:50 It starts fast and furious
    • 8:10 You make excuses for the other person’s behavior
    • 8:25 Things were amazing in the beginning of the relationship
    • 9:30 You keep letting things slide because you feel like you can’t live without them
    • 10:25 There is a power imbalance in the relationship
    • 10:40 You are walking on eggshells
    • 10:50 Deep down, you are kind of ashamed that you are staying
  • Contrasting qualities of a healthy relationship
    • 13:00 Mutuality, respect, and compromise
    • 13:10 You talk about important things
    • 13:30 Both partners feel empowered

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