7 Signs You’re Not “Too Nice”, It’s Your Trauma (Fawning)

Are you feeling like you need to be “too nice” to people? Do you feel like you need to always put others first, even if it’s causing you pain? In this video, we are going to teach you about trauma fawning and how it’s a common sign that you may be suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Trauma fawning is when you excessively swap attention and affection with people who have hurt or traumatized you in the past.

If you’re struggling with people-pleasing, this video is for you. We’ll discuss the symptoms of trauma fawning and how you can identify it in yourself. By understanding the signs, you can start to take steps to heal and

Did you know that trauma can explain your coping mechanism? Find out all about it here: https://youtu.be/3JYUktUSNgE

Writer: Chloe Avenasa
Script Editor: Kelly Soong
Script Manager: Kelly Soong
Voice: Amanda Silvera (http://www.youtube.com/amandasilvera)
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YouTube Manager: Cindy Cheong

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