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Welcome to the Myth Busting Neurodiverse Relationships Podcast, with hosts Natalie Roberts and Heather Parks, busting myths about neurodiverse relationships that we’ve realised aren’t true and that were preventing us from recovering and having the relationships and connection with partners and children that we desperately wanted. We’re here to give you hope that change is possible!

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Content Warning: We talk in this episode about gaslighting and trauma. Look after yourself and if this isn’t for you, skip it this time. It’s important to seek help and support for the impact of all kinds of experiences that look and feel like gaslighting, whatever the intent. At the same time, we’re having this conversation to expand the ways we talk about our neurodiverse experience and, as such we’re here to hold space for the paradox that is the pain of life alongside the joy and hope of it too. We can honour both and invite you to join us with compassion and an open mind.

In this episode, we’re sharing and exploring our experience of and perspectives on gaslighting, including:

  • how and when we’ve encountered the concept of gaslighting on our journeys with neurodiversity, when it was unknown and since we’ve known
  • how it features in neurodiverse narratives and whether this is the right or a helpful term to be using for our experiences
  • how gaslighting and alternative perspectives on it have helped us understand ourselves and our relationship dynamics and experience
  • what are the potential issues with using this concept for our experiences and what other ideas and language have helped us, and also influenced our relationships more positively

‘Gaslighting’ potentially simplifies a more complex experience in neurodiverse relationships. This doesn’t make it irrelevant or absent. We‘re keen to challenge the dominant narrative and expand the conversation in a way that can ensure individuals find the support they need and also open up new routes through our experiences with our partners and families.

Join us in Loving Difference where we support the recovery many of us need from the relentless stress we experience in our lives so that we can begin to cultivate healthy resilience.

What is Loving Difference?

Loving Difference logoWe’re an online membership community bringing together anyone in a neurodiverse relationship who’s looking for new ways to reverse the impact of unknown neurodiversity and thrive in their relationship and life. Loving Difference is hosted by Coaches with experience navigating life with difference.

We guide members to learn about themselves and their loved ones in a safe, non-judgmental community so that we can inspire and encourage each other to love the unconventional and beautiful differences in ourselves and in our homes.

Lots of love,

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Natalie Roberts

Author Natalie Roberts

Natalie Roberts is an award-winning Master Coach and Mentor supporting individuals and couples in neurodiverse relationships in the UK and around the world. She coaches individuals and couples to reverse the impact of unknown neurodiversity and thrive so that they can be true to themselves and feel empowered to make decisions about their present and future that are positive and hopeful.

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