Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.

Empathic people are often rejected.


People in general tend to reject what they do not personally understand. People tend to fear what they don’t understand, and will jump straight to having to dismiss, reject, scoff etc. I realise empathy is not common.

It’s where people are at in emotional development.


Some people confuse sympathy, with empathy. But, there are huge differences.

As with most things in life, people only understand what they personally have experienced.

I see this more and more, with regard to all the life experiences I have endured. I understand abuse, complex trauma, abusers, more than your average person will understand.

I also understand empathy and how not to confuse that with other types of thinking. I see a lot of cognitive distortions, being confused as empathy and compassion. Like minimizing abuse. Like ignoring abuse. Like cheap grace. None of these types of thinking are empathy…. but people will delude themselves that they are.

Empathy, is about putting yourself in the shoes of someone else, and imagine all the emotions they are experiencing. And actually feel it. To have already suffered so deeply, tends to help some people with empathy, where suffering is occurring.

Empathy is an uncommon virtue and strength. It requires boundaries, or it can overwhelm the empathic person.

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 “Empathic people are often rejected.

  1. What you wrote is nothing sort of astoundingly accurate about empathy and it completely resonates with me. I have never seen this issue touched in any other blog. You are truly remarkable at understanding empathic people and their struggles. It’s not easy to have a high degree of empathy, neither much fun.

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