Mandy Friedman and Michelle Minette, specialists in healing from Narcissistic Abuse, discuss how to repair harm in healthy relationships.
Repair Harm Contracts repair emotional damage in relationships due to harm or conflict, whether intentional or unintentional, by addressing our unwritten social contracts with each other that establish trust, loyalty, and compassion for one another. Instead of merely addressing the wrong–in addition to replacing the item lost or following through on a broken promise, they provide some assurance for investment in the continuation of the relationship. Rather than feeling crappy and guilty about hurting someone you love, you get the opportunity to “fix it” and feel better about yourself and how others see you.
Repair Harm Contracts should exist between every two people in a household and/or relationship. Take time to sit down and discuss what the two of you value sharing together that one provides and the other receives. The activities for repairing harm cannot be punishment or feel like servitude, rather are things one person enjoys giving to the other who enjoys receiving it. Sign the contract and agree that once harm is repaired, the incident will not be revisited.
They are especially important for children of divorce, so they can learn that relationships can be repaired. Children who have witnessed narcissistic abuse can benefit greatly from this Repair Harm Contracts, as it switches the focus from a relationship based on power and control to a relationship based on compassion and emotional intimacy.
For those healing from narcissistic abuse, I strongly recommend Repair Harm Contracts as a blueprint for finding safety in the vulnerability of admitting a wrong and healing the harm in a safe way with trusted others.
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