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Dana’s story: Cognitive dissonance is a measurable sign of abuse

Dana’s story: Cognitive dissonance is a measurable sign of abuse

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 29, 2014 — Dana* is a survivor of abuse living and recovering in The United States. I was in this relationship from the age of 15 to 50. So before the relationship, I would say that I was an open, enthusiastic and loving person. By the time the relationship ended, I was

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Eva’s story: Lies, theft and extreme love of material possessions and status

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 30, 2014 — Eva* is a survivor of abuse living and recovering in The United States. I was the happiest I had ever been in my entire life until I met Simon. I had one year of sobriety from a cocaine addiction when I met him. I met him on a dating

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Halloween witches, paganism and medicine

SAN DIEGO, October 28, 2014 — When we think of Halloween, images of grotesque, green-faced witches traveling by broomstick frequently come to mind. Witch costumes remain a favored top seller every Halloween. In real life, witches have played a significant role throughout history in the development of the healing arts and in modern-day medicine. Thousands

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Beverly’s story: Lies, manipulation and emotional abuse

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 27, 2014 — Beverly* is a survivor of pathological abuse and domestic violence living and recovering in The United States. Before the relationship, I was a trusting person who always took pride in myself for helping others in need, never judging and usually always seeing the good in people. I was a

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Alice’s story: Leave abuse; it is not worth the anguish and loss of yourself

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 26, 2014 — Alice* is a survivor of pathological abuse and domestic violence living and recovering in The United States. Before the relationship, I was vulnerable. Nine months prior, I left a physically abusive relationship and was beginning to regain my footing when I met my ex. During the relationship, I was

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Zoe’s story: “The relationship absorbed me; I was hypnotised by it.”

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 25, 2014 — Zoe* is a survivor of domestic violence living, recovering and raising her family in the United Kingdom. Before the relationship, I was a very outgoing 17-year-old, I had just ventured into an adult life of being independent and becoming somewhat responsible for my own future, having finished with college

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Yvette’s story: Regain your perspective; you did not choose the toxic relationship

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 24, 2014 — Yvette* is a survivor of pathological abuse and domestic violence living and raising her family in The United States. I was working on my Ph.D. and on my way to getting a job with a forensics lab. It was my dream come true. All that was missing was a

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Wendy’s story: “I survived; I did not live. It was hell.”

BETHESDA, Maryland, October 23, 2014 — Wendy* is a survivor of domestic violence living and raising her family in Scotland. Before the relationship, I was young, innocent and rather starry eyed. I thought people were fundamentally good and that if you loved someone enough, all would be okay. I had a close circle of friends.

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