Welcome to episode 128 of the Your Kick-Ass Life podcast! Today I’ve got another amazing guest for you, Susan Anderson. Susan is considered the founder of the Abandonment Recovery movement, and is a dedicated psychotherapist who has spent over 30 years helping those who struggle with abandonment trauma, grief, and loss.

Naturally on this episode we discuss abandonment, and also how she came to write the book The Abandonment Recovery Workbook. She shares the neuroscience behind the deep wounds abandonment imprints on us, and we both share our personal abandonment experiences.

You’ll Also Hear:

  • What does SWIRL stand for?
  • The science behind why the people who abandon us become so powerful in our lives.
  • Why do the feelings of insecurity and rejection linger long after a break up?
  • Does everyone experience the primal abandonment fear?
  • What role does the amygdala play regarding abandonment, and why is it important to know?
  • The most important thing to do when you are brought to your knees by an event.
  • Why you have to “do” your way out of the abandonment process.
  • When is NOT okay to follow your gut?
  • How did a black swan become an important symbol in recovery?
  • And much more!

Also on episode 128 the topics of grief and shame and the roles they play within the abandonment experience are explored, as well as the devastation of the primal wound.

Whether you experienced abandonment in childhood, later in life, or simply know someone who has, Susan’s decades of knowledge and hands-on experience will provide insight and comfort on this episode. Listen in for that wisdom, and more on episode 128 of Your Kick-Ass Life.


Susan Anderson’s website
Susan Anderson on Twitter
Susan’s book, The Abandonment Recovery Workbook
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

susan-andersonSusan Anderson
is the author of The Abandonment Recovery Workbook, as well as Taming Your Outer Child and The Journey from Abandonment to Healing. The founder of the Outer Child and Abandonment Recovery movements, she has devoted the past 30 years of clinical experience and research to helping people resolve abandonment and overcome self-sabotage. Visit her online at http://www.abandonment.net.

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