Thrive After Abuse show

Thrive After Abuse

Summary: This podcast is a collection of the highlights from Dana Morningstar's YouTube channel, "Thrive After Abuse," where she discusses every facet of narcissistic abuse (and abuse in general), from what it is and the challenges people are facing, to how to undo the damaging effects of abuse and how to move forward into rebuilding a life you love. To ask a question for a later podcast (or YouTube) episode, send an email to


 Episode 21: How Can I Tell the Difference Between Love Bombing and Love? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:00

After experiencing the highs of love bombing, and the whirlwind romance that they thought was their soul mate only to be dropped to the lowest lows, many people are terrified to date again. But there [...]

 Episode 20: Why People Don’t Listen to Their Instincts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:09

There are three main reasons people don’t listen to their instincts: 1. They are vulnerable which leads them to being “starved out” in some area, and it’s really hard to think clearly when a person [...]

 Episode 19: Book Club Live Stream Discussion on “How to Go No Contact Like a Boss” by Kim Saeed | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:37:29

The last Thursday of every month we have a live stream book club discussion on a book revolving around understanding, or how to heal from, narcissistic abuse. The book club book for Febrary 2017 was [...]

 Episode 18: When Your Idea of Love Equals Pain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:58

Love doesn’t cause pain.  People with painful behavior cause pain.  If you can learn the warning signs of painful/problematic people you can protect yourself.  You need to take some time to really get to know [...]

 Episode 17: Affirmation and Relaxation for C-PTSD | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:28

This epsiode is a combination of relaxation music and affirmations for those who are struggling with C-PTSD.  These affirmations are designed to help you get centered and rebuild healthy self-esteem and self-talk. (((HUGS)))

 Episode 16: How Can I Stop Attracting Narcissists? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:51

Once your eyes are open to narcissistic abuse it can literally feel like you are attracting these people. In reality it is not so much about who you are attracting and more about who you [...]

 Episode 15: What is a Codependent Relationship? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:14

The term (and concept) of codependency is one of those terms that either offers a lot of clarity to people or it makes them feel revictimized.  My intentions are not to place blame, or to [...]

 Episode 14: What if They Aren’t a Narcissist? What if I’m Wrong? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4:46

This is a shorter video from the live stream on October 5, 2016. The question asked was, “What if I’m wrong? What if they aren’t a narcissist?” The live streams are a time where we [...]

 Episode 13: What an Emotional Flashback Feels Like and How to Work Through Them | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:11

Emotional flashback are intense, but once you can start to become aware of what they feel like and are able to identify them, they can be fantastic pointers to where your unhealed traumas are and [...]

 Episode 12: Is Forgiveness REALLY Necessary for Me to Heal? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:26

Forgiveness. The concept of forgiveness has been so misused, misapplied, and overall manipulated that it’s important to understand what it really is so you (or someone you care about) isn’t sucked back into a toxic [...]

 Episode 11: How to Prevent Being Manipulated | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:32

Manipulation does not always look like we think it does. Most manipulation is very subtle and it starts gradually–and is a slow decent into big trouble. Here are a few things to look out for. [...]

 Episode 10: Should I Warn His New Girlfriend That He’s a Narcissist? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6:29

In this episode I discuss the pros and cons of trying to warn a new person their their “Prince (or Princess) Charming” is really narcissistic and abusive. …Have a question you’d like answered in a [...]

 Episode 9: What does a normal relationship look like? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:26

In this episode, the question of what a normal relationship is discussed.  It’s very common for a person to come out of a relationship with a narcissist, and to be so confused as to what’s [...]

 Episode 8: How (and Why) We Get Hooked In With Love Bombing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:45

Love Bombing is where one person “bombs” another with constant complements and communication.  This is a technique that is most commonly assosciated with cults, but it can and does frequently happen with narcissists or emotional [...]

 Episode 7: What are Normal Deal Breakers in a Relationship? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:45

It’s important that we all know ourselves well enough to know what are deal breakers for us–and what we consider workable behavior is, because treating deal breaker behavior like it’s workable behavior is how (and one [...]


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