When Old Wounds Resurface in New Situations


Letting go can trigger feelings of loss and abandonment…perhaps the fear of the abandonment you’ll feel, an echo of the abandonment you’ve already felt most of your life but suppressed.

These are the thoughts of a child in an adult’s body, of old wounds that are resurfacing. This is natural. Pay attention. Give them the attention they deserve. Journal about them. Talk to them. Witness them. And refrain from criticizing yourself for still feeling this way.

They are resurfacing in order to be examined, cleansed, and healed—by you.

Only you can do this important and meaningful work. Just for today, move into that space. Move forward. Reclaim more and more of you.

Adapted from When Your Parent Is a Narcissist by Meredith Resnick

Photo by Umberto Shaw

About the author 

Jillian Bietz

Jillian Bietz is a writer and editor who enjoys doing in-depth research and exploring a wide-range of topics including all facets of mental health and wellness. She is the editor for My Voice Can Speak.

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