7 Signs You Grew Up With Childhood Emotional Neglect

7 Signs You Grew Up With Childhood Emotional Neglect

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Do you ever get the feeling that you are ‘flawed’? That people around are normal, and it is just you that has something missing? The answers to these questions might lie in your childhood, and in these three simple words – Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN). It occurs when parents fail to support and respond enough to their kid’s emotional needs. The effects of child neglect in adulthood can be prolonged. But, once you understand the problem, you can heal. Every locked door has a key, and here is yours –

How Can You Overcome The Effects Of Child Neglect In Adulthood?

These traits might seem like your natural ‘harmless’ traits. But shift your perspective, look within, analyse and reflect on these issues –

Fear of being dependent

Being independent and living life on your own terms is one thing. But, being uncomfortable about depending on anyone at all is another thing. If you take extra care to not seek help or care from others, you might have this fear.

Living in fear, shame, and under-confidence | Image: File Image
Difficulty in reading yourself

If you struggle to identify your strengths and weaknesses, things you are capable of doing, or things that matter to you, it means you do not know yourself as well as you should.

Feeling empty

This feeling is different for different people. Some might not be able to find their purpose in life, some cannot establish fruitful relations in life, or something else. The reasons might vary, but the feeling is mutual.

Playing the blame-game, with yourself!

Feeling guilty, shameful, angry and blaming yourself for the smallest negative event in your life is an unhealthy trait you should get rid of. It is okay to make mistakes, having needs, or having a certain feeling. It is okay, relax!

Emotions? What are those?

Is your vocabulary of emotional words limited? Or are you tongue-tied when you feel upset? And would you rather live in denial than confront and address your emotions? If the answer to these questions is yes, push yourself and work on this.

ThinkRight Tips:

  • As parents, do not dismiss or devalue your child’s emotions, they might feel that their feelings don’t matter.
  • For adults who want to cope with this issue, dig in and consciously try to reflect your emotions.
  • Once you identify the problem area, attack it and heal from it!
  • Accept that you are not flawed, your feelings matter, and you matter!

Read more: Why Is It Essential To Bond With Grandparents?

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