What happens when someone grows up with childhood emotional neglect?

What happens when someone grows up with childhood emotional neglect?

7 Signs You Grew Up With Childhood Emotional Neglect

1. Less compassion for yourself, so much for others.

Are you harder on yourself than you would ever be on a friend? Do others talk to you about their problems? But, it is hard for you to share yours. These are some commonly asked questions. The answer to most of these questions is ”YES”.

2. Feelings of emptiness.


Emptiness feelings differ for different people. For some, it is an empty feeling in their belly, chest or throat that comes and goes. For others, it’s an insensitive feeling.

3. Unrealistic self-appraisal.

Do you find it hard to know what you are capable of? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you like? What do you want? What matters to you? Struggling to answer these questions is a sign that you don’t know yourself as well as you should.

4. Difficulty feeling, identifying, managing and/or expressing emotions.

Do you get tongue-tied when you’re upset? Do you have a limited vocabulary of emotional words? Do you often feel confused about why people (including yourself) feel or act the way they do?

5. Unhappy feelings about oneself.

Guilt, shame, anger, and blame; The Fabulous Four, all directed at yourself. Some people have a tendency to go straight to guilt and shame whenever a negative event happens in their lives. Do you feel ashamed of things that most people would never be ashamed of? Like having needs, making mistakes, or having feelings?

6. Fear of being dependent.

It’s one thing to be an independent kind of person. But feeling deeply uncomfortable about depending on anyone is another thing altogether. If you find yourself taking great care to not need help, support or care from others, you may have this fear.

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