Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.

Don’t insult my intelligence, about abusers.


I was at my ladies group this week and a local coffee place. At the next table to us, were a group of special needs adults and some carers. It was lovely seeing them and how they were being treated just like anyone else, and enjoying their drinks and food.

Some of the special needs adults, had behaviours that would not be considered normal. One kept making loud noises, one kept hugging the person he was next to, and some of the others were having non ordinary behaviours.

As I was watching them, I thought some of them are possibly intellectually impaired and just did not understand their behaviour were socially unacceptable and not ‘normal’. I realised these adults, could be capable of other behaviours they would not necessarily understand were wrong and possibly not understand the consequences of their behaviours.

Which also made me think about abusive people who do intentionally harm others, and they know exactly what they are doing. Like narcissists,      sociopaths,  psychopaths,  paedophiles,  sex offenders,  rapists etc.  Their ‘mental health/illness’ does NOT render them incapable of understanding whether their actions are wrong/harmful. They do know, they just don’t care. It’s why they are manipulative, sly, do things behind closed doors. It’s why they lie and deny. It’s absolutely intentional.

There is a big difference between someone who is genuinely incapable of knowing whether their actions are wrong, and someone who does know.

Someone who is intellectually impaired, and has development issues in many areas…. is very different to a manipulative, lying, devious, narcissist. Very different to a paedophile, or sex offender. Very different to a sociopath or psychopath.

And all of these highly abusive types of people are absolutely consciously choosing to hurt people, lie to people. They are not insane. They are 100% responsible and accountable for their intentional and deliberate actions that harm others.

Which is why it really pisses me off, when people say ‘oh they can’t help being a narcissist, or paedophile (etc) – it’s their mental illness’. Total bullshit.

And it pisses me off and insults my intelligence, to suggest they cannot help it.

It pisses me off when their abusive actions, are minimized and the victims invalidated as a result.

It pisses me off when people then demand victims see it  as ‘mental illness they cannot help’.

It is a huge insult to the victims of these highly abusive people.

It is huge insult to the victims, to deny these abusive people knew they were doing wrong.

It is a huge insult and re-traumatising, to invalidate this, and minimize the consequences, by pretending the abuse was not intentional.

It is a huge insult to demand the victims ‘just forgive’ and they are in the wrong if they don’t.

If people ‘need’ to see these abusive people in any other way than the truth and reality, they are insulting the victims.

And I will not be insulted in this way, anymore.


Author: Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

I am a survivor of complex and multiple trauma and abuse, who at the age of 40, began my healing journey. I am using my journey to recovery and healing, to help others, to help survivors feel less alone, validated, encouraged and to enable others to understand themselves more. Complex trauma, particularly from severe, prolonged childhood abuse, is profoundly life changing. Complex trauma produces complex adults. The journey to recovery is a painful, often lonely, emotional daily challenge and it is my aim to encourage others in their daily battle.

2 thoughts on “Don’t insult my intelligence, about abusers.

  1. What’s the biggest red flag is that they go to great lengths to conceal their nasty behavior, so they absolutely know that it is wrong. On the other hand they make no effort to help themselves and go to therapy unless they are caught, and they then put up all this act of “oh I didn’t mean to, I am sick.”

    People should not accept someone as being honest about their mental issues if they profess them only after being busted. That’s madness in itself!

    • The reason they don’t seek help, is they don’t want to change. They enjoy hurting people.
      There is no willingness to seek help, because they don’t believe there is anything wrong in what they do.
      They have no conscience, no remorse, no guilt etc. So there is no need for them to change, in their minds.
      Plus, they don’t want to be told the truth about themselves.
      But, they do know right from wrong and they do know they are hurting people. So it’s not insanity – they are 100% responsible for their actions, which are intentional, conscious and planned.
      That’s why they are so dangerous.

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