#IfMyWoundsWereVisible: Why You Should Care

#IfMyWoundsWereVisible: Why You Should Care

If you’ve ever experienced narcissistic abuse, you know it’s very real and common in not only romantic relationships but also toxic family relationships, friendships, and even work relationships.

And whether you’re a mental health professional or someone suffering from narcissistic abuse in a toxic relationship, World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day can become a catalyst to help you identify and address your underlying issues.

What is World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day?

World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day (WNAAD) is June 1st. Established in 2016, WNAAD is a growing global movement dedicated to raising the profile of narcissistic abuse, providing public pathology education and resources for survivors, and effecting policy change. WNAAD is an international event that is recognized worldwide.

What is narcissistic abuse?

Narcissistic abuse is a form of psychological and emotional abuse that pervasively destroys its victims from the inside out.

Using gaslighting and other manipulative tactics, narcissistic people use this form of abuse to control their victims.

Most narcissists are always seeking control, which they use on you to keep a constant source of narcissistic supply, on hand.

Unfortunately, it also leads to the mental and emotional destruction of another human being.

It’s so prevalent that many people who suffer from narcissistic abuse aren’t even aware that what they are experiencing is a legitimate form of abuse.

When they become aware they are being abused, many survivors have difficulty even describing it because it’s so hard to recognize.

Sadly, the impact of it often lingers long after the relationship has ended, and many survivors find themselves dealing with C-PTSD symptoms. 

Think you might be experiencing narcissistic abuse? Take our quick narcissistic abuse self-assessment and find out.


 Who established World Narcissistic Abuse Day and why? 

Bree Bonchay, a psychotherapist with nearly two decades of experience helping patients recover from trauma and abuse, founded World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day.

Bonchay is also a survivor, so when she realized that very few people knew about narcissistic abuse, she felt moved to take action to raise awareness. 

Her book, “I Am Free,” is a groundbreaking compilation that uses real-life stories to illustrate how survivors can escape unhealthy relationship dynamics.Meet Bree Bonchay, the founder, and discover why this day matters.

Talking World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day with Founder Bree Bonchay

Video: What is Narcissistic Abuse? Why Should You Care? With #WNAAD Founder Bree Bonchay

Why is World Narcissistic Awareness Day so important?

“Narcissistic abuse is such an under-recognized public health issue because describing what you can’t see or prove presents a huge challenge, and narcissists can easily present themselves as loving guardians and partners,” Bonchay said in a press release, noting that this is why she had chosen to use the hashtag #IfMyWoundsWereVisible.

“That’s more people than are affected by depression,” she said. “Yet there is a lack of public education and awareness campaigns about it.”

I would add that it’s highly likely that a significant percentage of people who are narcissistic abuse victims and survivors are also likely experiencing depression, which could make these statistics even more shocking. 

Think about how profound this is: If this were any other physical or mental health issue, it could qualify as a pandemic — underscoring the need for greater awareness.

“It’s important we raise awareness about narcissistic abuse not only to protect the individual victim but because ultimately it impacts us all,” she said. And this, my friends, is one of the many reasons we are here at QueenBeeing, doing what we do to serve our fellow survivors

What does the #IfMyWoundsWereVisible hashtag mean?

“We came up with the hashtag, #IfMyWoundsWereVisible, because, unlike physical abuse where a single strike or blow, narcissistic abue often leaves marks or bruises and qualifies an act of domestic violence, narcissistic abuse is invisible,” Bonchay said. “Narcissistic abuse is the sum of many unseen injuries.

Takeaway

World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day is an occasion to remember that abuse has no boundaries and that everyone should be informed about narcissism, narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), and narcissistic abuse recovery.

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National Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day

National Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day

I am happy to share with you that I will be participating in and supporting this year’s 2nd Annual Healing from Narcissistic Abuse Virtual Summit in honor of World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day. I’ll be going live with the group at 5 p.m. Central Time today!

World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day (WNNAD) is celebrated on June 1st every year and is a growing global movement dedicated to raising the profile of narcissistic abuse. To learn more about WNAAD or to join the cause, please visit http://www.wnaad.com 

This year’s Telesummit is hosted once again by Bree Bonchay, LCSW, founder of WNAAD and AthenaMoberg, CPC, co-founder of Trauma Recovery University and the 2nd Annual Healing from Narcissistic Abuse Virtual Summit. 

Access to all of the expert interviews is complimentary for a limited time. You may sign up now for complimentary access. 

Once you are signed up, you may listen at your leisure beginning June 1st

Here is a list of the speaker panel and the topics which they will be presenting on at this year’s event. 

  • Sandra L. Brown, MA-  Why It’s More Than Just Being an ‘Empath’–Understanding the Personality Science Behind Why You Are Targeted
  • Richard Grannon– C-PTSD – How to Stop Emotional Flashbacks
  • Lisa A Romano- The Dynamics Between Codependency and Narcissism- Why Do Codependents Attract Narcissists?
  • William Brennan, ME.D, LMHC, CAP- E.M.D.R Treatment- Healing The Aftermath of Narcissistic Abuse
  • Christine Louis de Cannonville The Pathological Behaviors of Narcissistic Mothers
  • Steve Becker, LCSW, CH.T– The Red Flags of Psychopathic Personalities
  • HG Tudor- Inside the Mind of A Narcissist- What The Narcissist Thinks When You Go ‘No Contact” and The Most Effective Strategies to Release Their Hold On You 
  • Jennifer Young, LMHC- Has the Narcissist Really Changed with their New Partner?
  • Sherri Renner, JD– Legal Battles with Cluster B Individuals in Family Court: What to Expect, When to Prepare, and How to Survive the Crucible
  • Heather Tuba, BA- The Importance in Advocacy in Healing from Narcissistic Abuse and Supporting A Spouse With Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Kami Lindgren, BA- Life Beyond Pain: Healing from Chronic Illness through Neuroplasticity

Again, if you would like to reserve your free access, all you need to do is register at http://www.wnaad.com

Join me there! I look forward to seeing you and sharing a message of hope with all survivors of Narcissistic Abuse. 

 

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