Evelyn Ryan, Yourlifelifter
“Self-Love Deficit Disorder” (SLDD) has been officially trademarked by Ross Rosenberg!
Hallelujah! We can all stop being labelled “codependents.”
The last thing abuse survivors need is to be labelled. Becoming dependent on others to define our self-worth and soothe our repressed pain is a consequence of abuse not a cause of it.
Self-Love Deficit (SLD) much more accurately describes what happened to us and the consequences of the abuse we suffered. It points to the causes of the damage, not to us personally as having a flawed condition that causes the abuse that is promoted by addressing people as defective “codependents.”
Personally I refer to abuse consequences as “pain addictions.” Others refer to it as “Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome” and “Narcissistic Victim Syndrome.” The point is not what we call it but that we correct and take down obstacles that prevent our healing.
Labeling abuse victims as “codependents” creates an obstacle to healing. It implies that we are the cause of abuse and that we are flawed which adds to and compounds our already existing toxic shame. The term as Dr. Rosenberg points out has been misused. Dr. Rosenberg’s new trademark will level the healing playing field and enable folks to understand that we were and are victims of emotional predators and to be aware of our vulnerabilities and protect ourselves from these emotional criminals.
Abuse survivors have been starving for truth and were conditioned to live lies. Being labelled “codependents” perpetuated the lies.
Thank you, Ross Rosenberg for helping to share the truth with abuse survivors from around the world.
Hear more from Ross Rosenberg and Self-Love Deficit Disorder here.