Anna Runkle

I'm the author of the Crappy Childhood Fairy blog, which offers advice based on my own experience and reading. I live with my husband and kids, and run a small business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Did CPTSD from Childhood Trauma Damage Your PERCEPTION?

For many of us who grew up with abuse or neglect during childhood, there’s this steep learning curve around PERCEPTION — and by that I mean being able to discern what is true and not true, what is my responsibility and what is not my fault, when I’m  in danger and when, maybe I’m just …

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What to Do About Narcissists

There has been an explosion of interest in narcissism these last few years, and specifically, in the negative effects narcissists have on the people in their lives. But if you’re one of those people affected, what do you DO? Watch the video of this post here, or continue reading So first, Narcissistic personality disorder is …

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CPTSD Recovery: The ONE WORST Thing You Can Do

One of the great things about writing about early trauma, is that I learn from all of you what’s working for you — and what’s not. I get at least a dozen e-mails from subscribers every day, and I read what you post and I learn about those of you who have found success in …

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Brain Dysregulation from Childhood PTSD: Is There Anything GOOD About It?

When we talk about the possible lifelong effects of Childhood PTSD (my own term for Complex PTSD originating from early abuse and neglect), we’re usually talking about things like depression, addiction and relationship problems. We now know there is an underlying symptom that plays a role in the outward signs of PTSD — and that’s …

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CPTSD: How to Keep Your Brain and Emotions Regulated in a Relationship

Just like other people, most of us who grew up with childhood trauma want to be, or are in, a loving partnership or marriage. My Dating and Relationships course talks about many of the obstacles we face when meet and form relationships with others. But ONE of the videos in that course is about BEING …

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CPTSD: How to Have Better FRIENDSHIPS

Forming close friendships is not something that comes naturally to a lot of us who struggle a bit around attachment, connection and trusting others because of exposure to early trauma. Luckily, this is something we can learn, even if we didn’t learn this at home. I have some tips to show you how to have …

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To Heal CPTSD, Do You Need To Love Yourself?

One of the messages that’s been drilled into us by popular culture is that “you have to love yourself before you can love someone else.” This is something people tell you when you get your heart broken and you feel like you must be… no good! And for a lot of years, every time I …

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Take the QUIZ: Has Childhood PTSD Affected Your Romantic Relationships?

Early abuse, neglect and other traumas can create distinctive, negative patterns in adulthood, especially around dating and relationships. The video below describes my new quiz, identifying some of the common signs that CPTSD may be at work in struggles you experience today.   Ready to start healing your relationship life? Register for my online course …

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The Crappy Childhood Fairy on ONE BROKEN MOM Podcast!

The other day I was the guest on Amee Quiriconi’s podcast ONE BROKEN MOM, which is focused on parenting, kids and the effects of trauma on how we manage it all. It was so fun talking with a fellow traveler, helping to get the word out about how we heal from Childhood PTSD! You can …

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CPTSD and Emotional Flashbacks

Most people are familiar with PTSD flashbacks — the kind we associate with combat veterans who are haunted by a war memory. With Chronic PTSD (CPTSD), we may have “emotional flashbacks” — mood states from childhood that are disconnected from present day events, though we don’t always know it.   If you’d like to learn …

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