Thanks for writing this Shannon.
I’m nine months out from leaving an ASPD mother who insisted on keeping me isolated throughout my life. And my therapist, bless her, is waiting for the moment when I begin breaking out into a social life of my own. And I’m not there yet, due to the trauma and a thousand other things that we’re working through.
I feel guilty. But even when loneliness is “in your head” it may not be the lonely person’s fault. And guilt doesn’t improve anyone’s capacity to interact socially!
So thanks again for writing this. I needed it this morning!