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After some time the car reached a toll booth and in my mind I remember thinking, "This is my chance, this is when I'm going to be rescued because this person in the booth is going to see a crying child and think, 'What is going on?
But the man in the toll booth didn't see me or think that there was anything wrong, and the car sped on. I remember looking out of the window and seeing the phone boxes and thinking, "What if I could get to one of them, what would I say to my family? How could I get out of this, let them know that I'm in danger? There are no words to explain the fear and terror of thinking this person could pull over and kill me at any moment.
He continued to drive for about five hours from my Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home to Virginia. Finally, the car stopped, he pulled me out of the car and dragged me into this house - and continued to drag me down a flight of stairs that seemed to go on forever in my mind. I'm sure it was a flight or two but it felt like it was an endless maze. Once he'd got me into the basement, there was a door with a padlock on it and he took me inside. On the walls were all these devices that my year-old mind just couldn't comprehend.
He then removed my clothing and looked at me and said, "This is going to be really hard for you. It's OK, cry. After that he put a locking dog collar around my neck and dragged me upstairs to his bedroom and raped me. He chained me to the floor with this dog collar next to the bed. I was raped and beaten and tortured in that house for four days.
I have to tell you that it's amazing the response I get sometimes when I say that. Sometimes people say, "You're so lucky, that's not that long. I want to make it clear that you cannot define pain by time, or what happened, it's how the experience affects the person. It's how it impacted them. Whether you're held captive for four days or abused by somebody you love for years, or molested for 15 seconds on a bus, it's your experience and your pain that defines it, not the length of time and not what actually occurred.
While I did what I could to survive, no matter how humiliating or painful or disgusting, I had no control over my fate. When I did fight him I ended up with a broken nose. And he'd already kidnapped a child, he'd already done unspeakable things to me, why would murder be something that he couldn't do? On the fourth day he said: "I'm beginning to like you too much. Tonight we're going to go for a ride.
I knew he was going to kill me. That day he also fed me for the first time in four days and he left for work. I remember crying and praying, really praying and I thought about all the things I would do if I were stronger, if I were a character in a superhero movie. I thought, "He's going to kill me, but I'm not going to go down without a fight and maybe I could win?
I soon lost all hope. I thought about my parents a lot over those days. I knew that they were looking for me and that they loved me. I had no doubt in my mind that they would find me. They could move mountains, and they would do anything to keep me safe. I knew they wouldn't stop until they found me. The question was whether they would find me alive, or dead. I thought: "When was the last time that I told them I loved them?
Did they know how much I loved them? I started to accept my own death. I drifted into a dazed sort of state. But then I heard the sound of angry men banging on the door downstairs.
Because I'd lost all hope I thought they were there to kill me, so I rolled underneath the bed to try to hide from them and stayed as quiet as possible. I heard them moving very quickly around the house. I also heard them shout, "Clear!
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I'm Michael Anthony. I'm an author, speaker, coach, mentor, and advocate for adult survivors of childhood trauma. And you are listening to the Michael unbroken podcast.
You know I'm really stoked to be hanging out with you guys here today. We're two weeks now into and yeah, life is hard right now.
You know, I posted something the other day that I think is really important that we have to recognize, and it was something to the extent of it's okay to be okay. I think now more than ever, it's okay to just be okay.
You don't have, you have to be good. You don't have to be great. You don't have to be amazing. You don't have to be bad or in a bad mood, you can just be okay. And that's kind of how I feel about life right now. I just feel like, okay. And what does that mean? As someone who considers himself to be a high performer and successful as moving through trauma and a leader and a spokesperson, that's human nature.
Sometimes we're just going to be okay. And there's nothing wrong with that. And it's okay to just be okay. And I just want to start this episode with saying that and like, I know that tomorrow I might wake up and it'll be very different, but that's how I am in this moment.
And that doesn't mean that I don't show up for myself. And that doesn't mean that I don't work towards my goals. And that doesn't mean that I don't stick to my habits and routines. It just means that today, I'm just okay. And so if you're just feeling okay, that's okay. And I just want to see you and acknowledge you and let you, you know, that that is totally fine. The other day it was on social and I posted, and I had someone request just for me to talk about when is the best time to discuss having a traumatic childhood in dating.
And I thought about this for a long time and I actually have decided to record this instead of the original podcast that I was going to record, because I think it's really important. And the answer is, I don't know. Because I don't know what your experience is. I don't know what your journey has been. And I don't know what your dating relationships are like. Now, can we kind of look at this from a few different aspects?
I think that if you're immediately dumping into a conversation the first time you meet someone. Hey, I'm Bob, I had childhood trauma and you're going into the depths on it. That's going to be problematic. One or two things is likely going to happen in that experience. One, you're going to completely scare off this other person or two, you're going to accidentally trauma bond and they are going to go, wow, I had that same experience or something similar thereof.
And because of that, I feel connected with you and I would argue that trauma bonding in the beginning of our relationship, or at any point in relation is one of the worst things that can happen because now that becomes the baseline for acceptability communication. And often that trauma bonding experience is negative and it's painful and it's dark. And you know, the joys and fun that dating should be don't exist or take a really long time to work back towards.
I don't think of it as a good jump-off point. So I would say immediately the first thing you should not do in discussing trauma with a person that you're dating is to have that conversation on the first date. And look, I get it. We live in this world of talking about mental health issues and things of that nature.
But I think that it's important to establish a bit of trust, a bit of communication, a bit of love, even dare I say, before having that conversation. Because you may scare someone off and you're probably thinking yourself well, but everything I read on social media says that, you know, people should be accepting of who I am.
Yes, I agree with that a hundred percent. But that doesn't mean that they have to be immediately just because you exist or walk into a room. And I know I'm going to get pushed back on this and people are going to be upset. I'm going to get hate mail. Everyone should love everyone. Yes, that's true. But in the context of this conversation, I vehemently disagree. I think the worst thing that you could do is open up the introduction with, Hey, nice to meet you.
By the way I got the shit kicked out of me when I was a kid, it's not going to work very well. Trust me as a guy who's tried this many times, it does not work. And I think about my dating experiences early on when I first started this healing journey and then the way that they kind of transposed as I got older and became more healed and a better understanding of myself into personal growth and all those things.
And what I discovered was that I didn't even want to talk about it at all. And it's not that it doesn't impact me, right? Obviously, I mean, I'm sitting here talking to you about it. It was more so about how do we not make trauma be the most important conversation in the room, which I think happens all too often where you're in this position where people want to talk about the more bad things that happen to them, because it creates human relation.
It's really easy to talk about negative things that happened to us, because often they kind of sit with as much longer than the good things. Think about how often you've been in these situations, the scenarios in which you kind of have to reach for something great that has happened in your life. But if someone asks you about something bad, you go to it immediately. If I asked you to tell me the greatest moment of your life, I guess you might have a little bit more difficulty doing that than for me to ask you to tell me about your worst.
And so, because of that, I think one of the things that you have to do is ask yourself, at what point does it become pertinent to have this conversation? Now there's so many factors in this, like, are you going to therapy?
Do you have support? Are you in this healing journey? Have you been in personal growth long enough to know who you are? Can you identify your wants, needs, interests, values, and more importantly, your personal boundaries around having a conversation around trauma.
Because sometimes what'll happen is you inadvertently open Pandora's box, meaning that now this person who you were trying to connect with in an intellectual and emotional and physical manner, perhaps now they out of curiosity may want to dive deeper.
Well, then this could become problematic if you don't have the proper support to be able to navigate that if you bring something up. Also, the question that you have to ask is, do they really need to know? I would argue that a lot of the things that we bring into the present conversation around our trauma experiences don't actually need to be settled out.
I think that it's extremely valid. I think that it is extremely valid to just say I was abused as a child. And thus, sometimes this is how I am. This could be 10 dates in four years, and I don't know what that looks like. It's going to be different for everyone. I think, you know, when you know. If you notice or they notice these negative behaviors coming to pass and you're having a conversation about is my trauma creating and invoking this response in me that is now negatively impacting the relationship that I'm trying to build, or the relationship that I have, then the question that you should be asking yourself is, have I actually done a good enough job explaining and understanding myself about how my trauma narrative now impacts the person that I am today and that's a harder conversation to have, right?
I think the most important thing that you can do first is be comfortable with having that conversation with yourself before you have that conversation with someone else. People want timeframes often. They ask me in coaching, they ask me in so many different aspects of my life as can you put a timestamp on this?
I do not have an answer for you. I don't know, because again, it's going to be different. And if you're in this place of healing and you feel safety in your relationship, in your dating, then maybe that's time, but you have to define what safety feels like. You have to define that understanding of trust. And one of the things that happens is we want to, again, pointing back to trauma bonding, we want to connect with people to build an established trust through the bad things that have happened to us because we go, Oh, human connection in relation, they understand this experience that I had.
Thus, they will see me for who I truly am. But I would argue if that's true. Because as you're in this place of healing and growth, you don't want to be the person that you were any longer. I think about that. When I was the person that I was before doing the work, before putting myself in a position to be successful, despite trauma, it was so much about these conversations around how I can connect to you through the bad things.
And what I recognized in that is often I would feel empty. I would feel left with wondering what it would be like to step into something from a place of being happy.
And I think that you can do that. You can step into a place of being happy through bonding over shared positive experiences.
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