Trauma from (narcissistic) relationships – a challenge in therapy and pastoral work

  • Mariéle Wulf (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


    Abusive relationships are the main form of abuse nowadays; in them vulnerability plays a decisive role. This vulnerability does not only exist in wrong relationships which are trau-matizing; it can grow by those relationships. A famous example is narcissistic personal dis-order, which has its roots in early bonding-problems.
    Relationships as such are the main factor for developing resilience or vulnerability, for be-ing open to grooming or to resisting on the way to traumatizing abuse. Victims vulnerable because of wrong relationships are weak in defence. It is crucial to understand the dynamism in a person, who is traumatized by personal relationships, in order to guarantee justice and to provide the right protection and help. – However, we may also be traumatized in structural relations from which structural vulnerability comes forth. – What is presented here may help to see diverse aspects of abuse in the perspective of personal or structural relations, in order to respect and them in and to heal them by therapeutic and pastoral relationships.
    Period25 Nov 2022
    Event titleInvited lecture Faculty of Theology, Malta
    Event typeConference
    LocationMsida, MaltaShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • trauma in realatie
    • psychotrauma
    • pastoral care
    • Narcissism
    • psychological abuse
    • spiritual abuse