Category: Dysfunctional Family

Childhood Emotional Neglect

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. —Frederick Douglass Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) | Harmful as physical abuse! It’s harmful. It is an invisible abuse. Something we often do not talk about. But now science is telling us that it is just as harmful as physical abuse. Oh yes—I think […]

Stonewalling

Children of emotionally unreliable mothers who may appear caring one moment and then unavailable the next—leaving the child in a quandary about whether the Good Mommy or the Bad one will show up— also pull back at the first sign of discord. These children use withdrawal as a way of self-protection and grow up to […]

Dysfunctional Family Roles

In troubled families, abuse and neglect are permitted; it’s the talking about them that is forbidden. —unknown Children’s Roles in Dysfunctional Families For some of you that are reading this who do not know me, I will start out by saying I am not a therapist or psychologist. What I am, is a researcher. I […]