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What is abuse
Abuse takes many forms and there isn’t one single way that ...
You may have heard of your ‘fight/flight/freeze response’ that helps you deal with stress or danger. But there are more than just these three responses.
In unsafe or abusive environments, some people use the ‘appeasement’ response, too. This response evolved to help you try to survive the threat of abuse by trying to calm down someone who is trying to harm you.
These responses are genuine. This means that you might feel deep love or care for someone who is also abusive.
And you don’t get to consciously choose what response you use – your response is automatic.
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