How Childhood Emotional Neglect May be Adversely Affecting Your Relationships
UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT ON YOUR LIFE IS IMPORTANT.
If it happened to you, it can affect all areas of your life and relationships.
THE GOOD NEWS: You can heal and we'll talk about this later in the episode with my guest.
DR. JONICE WEBB, Author of the first book written on Childhood Emotional Neglect ( CEN )
First, though, I invite you to answer this question:
"Do you recognize what emotional abuse of children is? It's much more than you might think."
Abuse is any behavior that is designed to control or dominate another person. Whether that is through fear, humiliation, intimidation, isolation, guilt, blaming, manipulation or denial. Therefore, emotional abuse is simply any abuse that is emotional rather than physical.
It can include belittling, discounting, manipulating the emotions of another and constant criticism. It can be less obvious than that, such as continuous disapproval, or the refusal to ever be pleased by another in any way.
It can be engaging children in age-inappropriate behavior, or engaging in age-inappropriate confidences. When a parent tries to engage a child to take his/her side against the other parent, this is emotional abuse.
Emotional abuse of children is often more subtle than the systematic wearing away of their self-esteem and self-confidence. Emotional abuse cuts to the core of their being, creating scars, impressions and perceptions that are far deeper and longer-lasting than physical ones. An attempt to distort or undermine a child’s perception of the world is emotional abuse.
In today's episode, I've given a very clear example of a situation that might not sound abusive on first hearing, but, once you've listened to this, you'll see things differently!
GUEST: Dr. Jonice Webb, author of the first books ever on Childhood Emotional Neglect
Jonice Webb, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, speaker, blogger, and best-selling author. Dr. Webb wrote the first book ever written about Childhood Emotional Neglect, and is recognized worldwide as the pioneer of Childhood Emotional Neglect, CEN .
Dr. Webb is dedicated to bringing awareness of the power of Childhood Emotional Neglect to people everywhere. She is the author of Running On Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect, and Running On Empty No More: Transform Your Relationships.
Were you ever shamed for having emotions in your early life? That's a prime example of a type of Childhood Emotional Neglect. You may never have thought about it in those terms, and today's episode will bring much more than this to light for you.
HIGHLIGHTS OF TODAY'S EPISODE:
- Wondering why you may downplay your own needs and not ask for much?
- If you've experienced Childhood Emotional Neglect, how do you become more confident?
- Why you may still be tamping down your anger?
- What is the connection between Childhood Emotional Neglect, and troubles in relationships?
- How can a person who has experienced CEN begin to get in greater touch with their emotions?
- What are the likely impact of CEN in an adult's life?
I hope this help you see that more clearly. If you need help with this, I'm here for you.
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Rhoberta Shaler, PhD,
The Relationship Help Doctor
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