Core Issues

Regardless of the kind of abuse the central damage to an abused person takes predicable forms. The core issues almost always begin with the creation of a distorted image of the self. This distorted self image is reflected in a distorted image of God and in distorted images of others. One way of thinking about recovery is that it is the process of undistorting these distortions.

Recovery from Distorted Images of Self

There is an audio seminar by Juanita Ryan on this topic. You can also read:

Seeing Ourselves More Clearly by Juanita Ryan

The Good Self: Some Theological Perspectives by Ray Anderson

[PDF] Recovery from Distorted Images of Self A set of Bible studies by Dale and Juanita Ryan on this topic.

Recovery from Distorted Images of God

Seeing God In New Ways: Recovery from Distorted Images of God by Juanita R. Ryan

[PDF] Recovery from Distorted Images of God A set of Bible studies by Dale and Juanita Ryan on this topic.

Recovery from Distorted Images of Others

Two articles by Juanita Ryan on this topic:

Seeing Others More Clearly: Barriers to Intimacy

Seeing Others More Clearly: Moving toward Intimacy

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  1. carolyn Atkinson says:

    Dear Juanita
    I have spent more than two hours this morning listening to your audio presentations and reading your articles on recovery from abuse. They are such a blessing and an answer to my prayers as I walk my own journey of recovering after recently leaving a fifteen year abusive relationship. You write with such honesty and clarity, and speak truth into the heart of the issues. With your permission I would like to use them when it is appropriate, in my work as a Guidance Counsellor at a small catholic secondary school. The website is an awesome resource and I will pass it on to friends and colleagues.

    Thank you again what a blessing it has been for me and for other.
    Arohanui
    Gob Bless
    caro

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