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Anna Runkle

How People Can Tell You Have Low Self-Esteem

When you live with low self-esteem, you give off “that vibe.”  Other people can sense it, and this complicates your ability to bring into your life the good people who would actually help you develop good self-esteem. It’s a Catch-22: Feeling badly about yourself has the unfortunate effect of pushing those good people away, and …

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What is Emotional Sobriety?

When I first heard the term “emotional sobriety,” it scared me because it sounded like something I didn’t know how to do. But I knew in my bones I craved it. I had no issues with substance abuse. It was Childhood PTSD that was turning my life upside down, like that of an alcoholic or drug addict. I was exhausted all …

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The Brutal Reality of Codependent Relationships

Some people have a hard time thinking of anyone but themselves, and it costs them a lot of friends. Others are unwilling to think about themselves, and it costs them just about everything! Instead of having a healthy sense of their own strengths and weaknesses, codependent people are obsessed with what another person is thinking …

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Trauma Damages Your Perception of Others’ Feelings For You. Here’s How to Find CLARITY

Growing up with abuse and neglect can give you a habit – a pattern of behavior where, when something makes no sense and you feel confused by it, you PRETEND it’s perfectly clear. It’s understandable why anyone who is living in fear would do that; it’s self-protection, so people won’t get mad, so they won’t …

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How to Calm CPTSD Triggers INSTANTLY?

When you have Childhood PTSD, there’s nothing worse than being in some crucial conversation, or some big moment, and some little thing triggers you. And even though you know it’s not worth getting upset about, you get upset anyway. You can feel it spreading through your body — the feeling of adrenaline and discombobulation, feeling numb in …

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