The Lifelong Effects of Childhood Neglect By Parents

Lifelong Effects Childhood Neglect By Parents

If you are an adult who was neglected, please know that you can find your true sense of self and worthiness. You don’t have to take counsel from the wounded parents who treated you badly. You can define yourself, and live and model a different kind of life and parenting style with your own children.

Related: 8 Things You Can Relate To If You Were Emotionally Neglected As A Child

This starts with working on your personal trauma and getting it processed. Don’t go it alone; get help when needed and don’t minimize the pain. You may think it is too selfish or self-absorbed to discuss your feelings, but they will catch up to you in the long run.

As Alice Miller said: “I have never known a patient to portray his parents more negatively than he actually experienced them in childhood but always more positively — because idealization of his parents was essential for his survival.”

She added, “Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one’s parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child.”

Take a moment to think about how it feels when someone truly believes in you and validates your needs and feelings. Empathy is the greatest gift to give and receive.

Written by Karyl McBride Ph.D
Originally appeared on PsychologyToday

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The Lifelong Effects of Childhood Neglect By Parents
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The Lifelong Effects of Childhood Neglect By Parents
The Lifelong Effects of Childhood Neglect By Parents

5 thoughts on “The Lifelong Effects of Childhood Neglect By Parents”

  1. I love this, seriously I need help and guidance on how to adjust my life my feelings is being injured since birth, am finding life difficult I sometimes feel as to give up but I still try to encourage myself to keep moving…

  2. At the age of 43 now, while amidst a spiritual awakening, i came to understand the extent of my trauma experienced in childhood, it was like now, i have words to describe everything I’ve outlived. Suffered the fears, lack of trust, anxieties, unworthiness, emotional detachment, and something lacking in my relationships and could never fathom where all this was coming from. So your article is good. Thankyou so much.

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