Repeating Trauma

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    In his book, “The Abusive Personality,” Donald Dutton shows that many abusers exhibit high levels of trauma symptoms. This symptomatology is cogently linked to elements of childhood experience including: witnessing of violence, the use of shaming techniques by parents, and insecure attachment. In turn, abusers use these to regulate their own emotions and deal with conflict, instead of turning to healthy coping strategies and self regulation.

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