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Are you in a twin flame or trauma bond? Some people could be honestly confused (entirely understandably), and we’ll talk about the reasons why. 

Before we dive in deeper, it’s important to emphasize an essential point: twin flame bonds are never abusive or toxic! So, if your connection has either of those traits, you’ve got your answer.

We have talked about twin flames vs narcissists before, and it’s entirely possible for the high energies of lower vibrational connections to stand out from what you ‘normally‘ expect from a relationship.

This makes it easy to mistake it for a real twin flame when you haven’t met the real thing yet to compare it to. The same can be similar for trauma bonds.

What Is A Trauma Bond?

A trauma bond is formed by repeated cycles of abuse followed by positive reinforcement. These successive cycles create a type of conditioned response to tolerate the abusive behavior because there’s an expectation of the positive reinforcements that would follow. 

Abusive relationships often present as a series of ups and downs. When the down cycle goes on, the memory of the up cycles motivates the victim to strive to get back to those “good old times”. 

The abuse in these connections can have many forms, from physical violence to verbal and psychological abuse. That’s why trauma bonding leaves deep wounds emotionally and psychologically.

Trauma Bond

It might seem like a counter-intuitive reaction, right? When someone hurts you, you’re supposed to save yourself the heartache and pain by removing yourself from the situation. But in these cases, it’s the opposite type of reaction. 

Some say it’s similar to Stockholm syndrome, which is a coping mechanism in which victims of violence who feel their life is in danger form an attachment to their tormentor. But there’s an important difference. 

In trauma bonding, the victim doesn’t necessarily believe that their life is in danger. In fact, often, the victim won’t believe that their life is in danger even though it very well might be. It’s what makes these types of bonds so very dangerous

In order to experience trauma bonding, the relationship doesn’t have to be physically violent. Verbal abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse, and other forms of abuse can be present without things becoming physically violent at all or for a while. 

Why Does A Trauma Bond Resemble A Twin Flame Connection?

People from outside the community and those who aren’t spiritually evolved may not know much about twin flame connections. To them, trauma bonding and the twin flame bond might seem similar. 

The more unfortunate situation is when some twin flames confuse the two. When you’re dealing with a false twin flame, you’re most likely dealing with a trauma bond instead of a twin flame bond. And when that’s the case, you should look into cutting cords with a false twin flame.

But to the untrained eye or to the beginner twin flame, trauma bonding and the twin flame bond might present some similarities. That’s why sometimes you can get confused. 

1. Intensity 

One of the most common reasons why people take trauma or other bonds as flame bonds is the intensity

Twin flame relationships are extremely intense in nature, on a sexual level, as well as on all others. The intensity is a byproduct of the unconditional love between twin flames. 

2. On And Off Connection 

Another trait of twin flame relationships that’s common knowledge is the painful separation phase. It makes twin flame relationships fall into the on-again/off-again category in some cases.

twin flame separation

3. Feeling Misunderstood 

Twin flames often feel misunderstood. That’s particularly true if they haven’t made contact with someone from the twin flame community. 

People involved in trauma bonding are often misunderstood as well. It’s part of the reason why they tend to isolate themselves from close ones except their partner. 

4. Unhealed Aspects At Play 

In both trauma and flame bonds, there are unhealed aspects at play. In some cases, they could even coincide. That can make it tougher to differentiate between connections. 

When it comes to trauma or flame bonds, you’re dealing with unhealed shadows, inner child wounds, and karmic debts

The Difference Between A Twin Fame Bond And A Trauma Bond 

You can find some similar points between some trauma bonding cases and some twin flame journeys. Up to a point, there can be similarities between many if not all relationships. But that doesn’t change the fact that each connection and each experience is unique

In this case, the similarities might be present. But what’s more important is the differences between a trauma bond and a twin flame bond. 

1. Offers Support And Guidance 

Your twin flame bond offers you unlimited and unconditional support and guidance. A trauma bond works by denying you support and guidance, from within the bond and from outside of it. 

2. Leads To Growth And Development 

By its very nature, a twin flame connection leads to growth and development. In fact, it requires it. Twin flame ties seek to set you free so you can be your authentic self. 

In order to keep you in the cycle, a trauma bond stunts your growth and development. It limits and entraps you so you won’t escape the cycle. 

3. Comforts And Helps To Heal 

One of the key aspects of the twin flame connection is that it comforts you and helps you heal. Whether you do it through studying, using crystal healing for twin flames, energy healing, Reiki, or any other form, the engine and support behind that is your twin flame connection. 

A trauma bond distresses you and prevents you from healing. It’s how it can keep the conditioning going. The connection hinders your access to healing methods and tools. 

4. Helps You Blossom

Your twin flame connection helps you blossom. It empowers you to fulfill your life purpose and lead a fulfilling and prosperous life. If you’d like to strengthen your twin flame bond, you can use the Bright Flame Unification Blueprint to make progress on the twin flame journey. 

A trauma bond connection prevents you from blossoming. It hinders your efforts to fulfill your life purpose and lead a fulfilling and prosperous life, because that could help you break the repetitive trauma cycle.

When you consider the key differences between a twin flame and a trauma bond, it becomes much easier to tell them apart. But not all situations are the same. 

So if, in your case, some of the differences don’t apply, check in with your intuition. Deep down, you know the truth. Listen to that voice within. 

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