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Psychological Abuse – Caught In Harmful Relationships: Signe M. Hegestand (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Signe M. Hegestand’s talk titled “Psychological Abuse – Caught In Harmful Relationships” at TEDxAarhus conference.

Psychologist Signe M. Hegestand’s TEDx talk, “Psychological Abuse – Caught In Harmful Relationships,” delves into the often overlooked but deeply impactful realm of emotional abuse in relationships. She illuminates how victims are drawn into and trapped in cycles of abuse, emphasizing the role of fear, love, and the hope for acceptance.

Hegestand, drawing on her extensive experience as a clinical psychologist, highlights the difficulty in recognizing and addressing emotional abuse due to its insidious and non-physical nature. She introduces the concept of attachment theory to explain why individuals may find themselves repeatedly ensnared in abusive dynamics, linking it to early childhood experiences and developed coping mechanisms.

The talk sheds light on the disproportionate effect of emotional abuse on women, citing statistical evidence and personal anecdotes. Hegestand passionately argues for greater awareness, legal recognition, and support for victims, advocating for a societal shift in understanding and addressing psychological abuse. Her message is one of empowerment, urging victims to recognize their worth and break free from harmful patterns to seek healthier, loving relationships.

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The Things We Do for Love

The things we do for love. Think about it. What have you done in the hope of being loved and cared for? Some may remember silly and somewhat embarrassing episodes like texting an ex in the middle of the night or pretending to like “Gilmore Girls.”

Or perhaps you go through very painful and humiliating situations where you didn’t set your limits or express your needs and feelings because you were afraid of being rejected. Patterns we see in dysfunctional relationships.

In my work as a clinical psychologist, I have witnessed daily how far people would go for love, even if the relationship is directly harmful to them. We call these emotionally abusive relationships, and it has been a previously overlooked field within psychology, but also in society and among the population.

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