Family Issues

Raised By A Narcissist

Few phrases sum up the idea of narcissism better than: It’s all about me.  But the most defining feature of a person with narcissism is…

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Black Sheep

“I’m the black sheep of my family,” said the young man who sat before me in my therapy office. I tried to imagine this adorable, sad young…

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Emotionally Neglected in a Highly Emotional Family

"I scored high on the Emotional Neglect Questionnaire, but I actually grew up in a family that was the opposite of what you describe. My family was…

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Invalidated Child, Invisible Adult

Our childhoods are in the past. As adults, we must put childhood behind us and focus on the now. Right? Wrong. Today we know that our child…

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How to Reach Your CEN Spouse

What’s it like to be married to someone who grew up with Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)? He says he loves me, but I don’t feel it. She is…

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What Do You Wish Your Parents Had Said To You?

"CEN is, by definition, nothing. How can nothing be something? How can nothing be a source of enduring pain and struggle? It seems unfathomable……

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Mothers and Fathers Can Change the World

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Shall We Blame Our Parents

“It’s not so easy to just move forward if you are held back by psychological symptoms you don't understand” ….PDAN Facebook Post   I…

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How to Deal With Your Emotionally Neglectful Parents

Now that I see what my parents didn’t give me, how do I continue to interact with them? Should I tell my parents how they failed me? If I…

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Tame Your Brain for a Happier Holiday Season

Why are some folks' holidays happier than others? For the majority of people, there is a one-word answer to this question:  Family. Here’s…

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Six Tips for Parenting Teenagers

  There is very little about raising a child that prepares us to raise a teen. We tend to hit our parenting stride when our children are…

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Four Tips for Handling a Difficult Family Member

  Do you have an obnoxious uncle, a surly son, a snide sister or a mean mother? Few people can hurt us as much as the people closest to…

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