The Hidden Cost of Unhealed Betrayal

Dr. Debi Silber
3 min readMay 22, 2024

The Hidden Costs Of Unhealed Betrayal

An unhealed betrayal, whether personal or professional, can seep into every aspect of someone’s life. It’s not just a transient phase of discomfort but a pervasive condition that can affect your work, health, and relationships, even if the betrayal happened decades ago. This type of trauma is painful and deep-rooted, often going unrecognized, yet its effects are profound.

Physical, Mental, And Emotional Toll

Betrayal can undermine your sense of security and self-worth, leading to a significant psychological burden. It manifests not only emotionally but also physically and mentally. Physically, it can suppress your immune system, impact your sleep, accelerate aging, and disrupt your digestive system. Mentally, it clouds judgment, affects concentration, and can creates anxiety. Emotionally, the scars of betrayal can lead to trust issues, reduced confidence, and a pervasive sense of insecurity as we struggle with our worthiness, sense of belonging and more.

Corporate Impact

In the workplace, unresolved feelings of betrayal among employees can lead to a decline in productivity, morale, and even increased turnover. It’s a silent disruptor that costs companies significantly, not just in terms of financial output but also in the potential loss of human capital and institutional knowledge. It’s not just what happens if there is a betrayal within the workplace…

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Dr. Debi Silber

Dr. Debi Silber, founder of The PBT (Post Betrayal Transformation) Institute https://pbtinstitute.com helps people heal from the trauma of betrayal.