The Unique Dynamics of the Narcissistic Abuse Cycle

Sadly, the Cycle of Abuse is a real thing

As a domestic violence counselor, I had the privilege of working with many courageous women navigating abusive relationships. One of the critical concepts we focused on was “the cycle of abuse,” which served as a framework to understand the patterns of behavior leading up to and including an abusive event. By empowering women to recognize the patterns and name which stage they were currently in, we aimed to equip them with the tools to create a preemptive strategy to avoid or cope with an upcoming abusive incident.

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The Narcissistic Cycle of Abuse
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When I was a domestic violence counselor, we used the term “cycle of abuse” to describe the patterns of behavior that led up to and included an abusive event. As counselors, we taught women who were involved in abusive relationships to recognize these patterns and to identify which stage they were currently in. By doing this, they could create a preemptive strategy to avoid or cope with an upcoming abusive incident. Dr. Lenore Walker proposed the “Cycle of Abuse” in 1979. After interviewing 1,500 female domestic violence survivors, she found that they all shared a similar abusive scenario and that there was a recognizable pattern to how the abusive events happened. She developed this “cycle of abuse” based on this scenario. Four Elements of Abuse Four elements were present in various forms for each of the female abuse survivors: Tension Building Abusive Incident Remorse Honeymoon
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DianeMetcalf.com
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