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What is trauma dumping? How is it different from venting?

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Trauma dumping is a 'toxic' form of venting, where a person dumps traumatic thoughts, feelings or energy on to another person without their permission, at an inappropriate place or time, when they may not have the capacity to process it. Many people engage in trauma dumping without realising it - as a way to cope with their sadness and frustrations. In any healthy relationship, it is important to ask someone if they are ready to listen to our problems and also to make sure that we return the favour sometimes. Trauma dumping is different from venting, in the sense that it is one-sided and done in an unsolicited, unprepared way without considering another person's feelings.

Trauma dumping is a 'toxic' form of venting, where a person dumps traumatic thoughts, feelings or energy on to another person without their permission, at an inappropriate place or time, when they may not have the capacity to process it. Many people engage in trauma dumping without realising it - as a way to cope with their sadness and frustrations. In any healthy relationship, it is important to ask someone if they are ready to listen to our problems and also to make sure that we return the favour sometimes. Trauma dumping is different from venting, in the sense that it is one-sided and done in an unsolicited, unprepared way without considering another person's feelings.

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Setting boundaries doesn't make you a bad person.

Setting boundaries doesn't make you a bad person. 

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Offloading your trauma on social media can trigger some unsuspecting users.

Offloading your trauma on social media can trigger some unsuspecting users.

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No matter who the person is, there is always an inappropriate time and place to discuss your trauma.

No matter who the person is, there is always an inappropriate time and place to discuss your trauma.

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You never know who it is on the other side of the internet. It can be someone who would not be able to handle the information that you are sharing.

You never know who it is on the other side of the internet. It can be someone who would not be able to handle the information that you are sharing.

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There is really a very fine line between venting and trauma dumping.

There really is a very fine line between venting and trauma dumping.

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