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 66: How long is it going to take for me to get over my ex and move on? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:57

Everyone moves forward in their own time, but what really helps isn’t so much time–but what you do with that time. It helps to get crystal clear about the difference between love and a trauma [...]

 Episode 65: Am I seeing red flags or am I just being hypervigilant? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:19

After an a narcissistic relationship, it’s common for many people to be afraid of being hurt like that again. Not to mention many people are struggling with PTSD or PTSD type symptoms and are feeling [...]

 Episode 64: Help! I think I’m a Narcissist, and I Don’t Want to be One | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:12

We tend to mirror what we learn, and for many people who grow up in a dysfunctional (or troubled home) they’ve developed some healthy ways of “surviving” (or navigating) that environment–the slang term for this [...]

 Episode 63: Isn’t it uncompassionate to abandon someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:44

In this episode I discuss the intersection of compassion and unconditional love and healthy boundaries. Having compassion and love for someone is nice, however, it becomes toxic if doing so if you are putting yourself [...]

 Episode 62: Why am I still trying to figure her out and find a solution? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:53

In this episode, I cover why it can be so difficult to move on from a narcissitic relationship. If you have a question for the show, please email me at: To get support, or [...]

 Episode 61: How can I trust myself to pick out people I can trust? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:35

Learning to trust again isn’t easy, but it is possible. The key is really in taking things slow, and responding to red flags when you see them. In this episode, I talk about learning to [...]

 Episode 60: Are narcissists attracted to a specific type of person? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:52

In this episode, I talk about the types of people narcissists are attracted to and why. This is an older episode, and I use the term “codependent” to describe the types of people overt narcissists [...]

 Episode 59: How Do I Get Over the Fantasy Love Bombing and Date a Boring Guy? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:11

Lots of people (myself included) have gotten stuck with trying to navigate dating after narcissitic abuse. They may have heard the advice of “date a boring guy (or gal).” But the reality is that the [...]

 Episode 58: A Brief History of Codependency | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:05

In this episode, I give a brief history of the origin of the term codependency, and how the term has grown over time.  …Many people (myself included for a long time) really had issues with the [...]

 Episode 57: Should I Stay or Should I Go? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:48

Are you having a hard time figuring out whether or not you should stay or go? Ask yourself the following: Are you are being treated with dignity and respect and honesty? Is the communication open, [...]

 Episode 56: How Do Narcissists Manipulate People? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:24

Narcissists target people based on supply and in order to get that supply, they manipulate their vulnerabilities. They do this is in a wide variety of ways, most of which fall within the realm of [...]

 Episode 55: How Do I Stop My Addiction to the Narcissist? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:19

Feeling addicted to a narcissist is very normal, and I think it can be helpful to treat recovering from a narcissistic relationship like recovering from any other type of addiction. It can be difficult to [...]

 Episode 53: Strategies to Help Prevent Your Child from Being Manipulated by a Narcissistic Parent | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:25

Narcissistic parents can be highly manipulative and incredibly destructive–oftentimes manipulating their own children and turning them against the other parent and against the other parent’s family. When this happens to an extreme degree, it is [...]

 Episode 54: How can we handle victim blaming and revictimization? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:54

In this episode, I’m asked about abuse, feeling revictimized, and what to do about it. Have a question you’d like answered in a future podcast episode or YouTube video? If so, send me an email me at:  [...]

 Episode 52: How can we learn to listen to our gut instinct if we already doubt our judgment? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:29

Have a question you’d like answered in a future podcast episode or YouTube video? If so, send me an email me at:  (make sure to use a name that you feel comfortable with me putting on the [...]


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