I really feel I have moved on from my last relationship, which was abusive.
I talked to him the other day on the internet for the first time in a soild month.
I'm just... I'm not angry anymore. I by no means am starting a friendship with him, at least not any time soon, but I can talk to him a civil manner on occasion. We even joked around. I let him know that I still remember what happened even though I am not furious anymore. I really have just moved on with my life.
I am wondering if I should still be angry? I almost feel stupid for not being angry anymore. I think back to the whole ordeal with him continuing intercourse when I was crying, and I wonder why I am not still holding a grudge (I still feel terrible that happened to me and I know he is a rat bastard). I am by no means forgiving him for what he did, I just have let go of the negative feelings in order to make myself a happier person. I have no desire to ever be with him or anyone like him again, so that's not an issue. I almost felt relieved after I talked to him because it really solidified my feelings of moving on.
Is this normal/healthy?
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Not having shared your experience exactly myself, I can't say for absolutely certain how you are supposed to feel. But, having experienced abuse of a different sort myself, I can tell you, we aren't built to be angry forever. It burns us out. Hollows us, until that's all we've got. If we let it, raging against what's happened to us destroys us. What you're doing, I think, is one of the only healthy courses of action. You're confronting your abuser, and dealing with the past rationally. It's been said that forgiveness is often the only way that a soul, once wounded, can heal.
If I were feeling more eloquent, I'd continue. I'm a bit blocked right now. But still, if you can face him without fear or rage, even if it's through a computer monitor, that's an advancement worth its weight in gold.
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