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Cycles of Abuse at Home, Work, and that Group You’re In with Shulamit ber Levtov

We welcome back Shulamit ber Levtov, the Entrepreneur’s Therapist for a deep dive into individual, organizational, and systemic abuse.

Shulamit is a resilience and mindset consultant who uses her background as a trauma therapist to help women identifying entrepreneurs manage their mindset and pilot their emotions so they can overcome the anxiety and isolation of running a business.

You may remember Shulamit from our conversation in Episode 88: Cult Dynamics and Abusive, Intimate Relationships. When we finished, it felt like there was a lot more to cover. So here we are. My hope for this episode is that it gives you context for your own experience, for the experience of someone you care for, and for the abusive culture and systems we are immersed in, whether we are conscious of it or not.

Before we go any further, I don’t think I’ve ever given a trigger warning before, and I don’t like them for a couple of reasons. First of all, they can be triggering in and of themselves and put us into a heightened state where we expect to be triggered. And so then we’re triggered. It’s that good, old self fulfilling prophecy. Secondly, I’m not your parent here to protect you from challenging topics. Otherwise nobody learns and this podcast wouldn’t exist. However, this is an episode that might best be consumed in a quiet place with a warm tea or coffee and a journal nearby, or on a quiet walk, so that you can absorb and reflect at your own rate and pace.

I’m told that this is how many of you listen to this podcast. I’m not saying this to turn you off. I just want you to know, because I became emotional midway through and we had to take a little break before guiding the conversation into reflecting on what it’s like to wake up to abusive relationships in our life.

And how to use self compassion to self-regulate so we can engage our creative problem solving and ask for help. I think this is a serious but hopeful conversation. And I want to be thoughtful about what your experience may be when you consume it. So I guess I am invoking my protective super power after all.

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Mentioned in this episode:

Episode 88: Cult Dynamics and Abusive Intimate Relationships with Shulamit ber Levtov

Duluth Wheel of Power and Control

Duluth Wheel of Culture

Article: Nine Perfect Strangers Made Me a Punchline and Now I’m Punching Back

Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

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