By Nina W Brown EdD LPC
This consultant teaches the grown-up the way to establish damaging styles because of parental self-absorption, and the way to house the implications. the writer bargains recommendations for unlearning the detrimental influence of formative years emotional abuse and rebuilding vainness.
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Cold ! constricted ! detached which only serves to isolate and alienate them even more. Internally, this person may be yearning ! for the love and affection intimacy brings ! to gain approval and validation by others ! to connect and care for others ! to feel capable and strong ! to not fear emotional intensity but their fear is so much stronger than their yearning that they cannot allow the yearning to be known. Insensitivity Items 4–8 on the form comprise this category. Individuals who tend to make a siege response can also run the risk of seeming to be insensitive.
Feeling isolated and/or alienated ! Feeling overwhelmed expectations by others’ demands ! Feeling emotionally out of sync with others or Adult Children of Parents with a DNP 43 ! Insecure about your abilities to cope or be effective ! Often feel hurt and angry at unfair blame or criticism ! Generalized dissatisfaction with self. If you identified several of the above as current themes in your life, you may be suffering some persistent effects of parental destructive narcissism. But, before we jump to that conclusion, let’s take a look at how others may be perceiving you.
The child who has to take care of their parent(s) was termed “parentified” by researchers in the 70s and 80s (Boszormenyi-Nagy and Framo ; Minuchin ). The child behaves as a parent should in ensuring that the parent’s emotional and sometimes physical needs are met, even though it’s generally understood to be the parent’s responsibility to meet the child’s needs and take care of him/her. There are numerous situations that can result in a “parentified child,” such as: ! a depressed parent !