Our expert says:
Of course it's possible, because you're a very nice person. A dog who gets beaten may still lick the hand of the guy who beats it. Maybe part of this is love, maybe part of it is sheer habit ( maybe what Shaun is calling 'attachment". Change can be frightening to some extent, even when it's change for the better. Maybe see a counsellor to complete your liberation !
YOur fears ( and relief) are all entirely normal, and you;ll be able to free yourself from them before long. YOu are already so much stronger than you were, and will indeed get stronger and more free and confident as time goes by.
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