The Pattern Of The Relationship With The Sociopathic Mother

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According to the psychotherapist Christine Louise de Canonville, sociopaths tend to follow a particular pattern in their relationship with others, manipulatively guiding the relationship through three specific phases in a Machiavellian manner. These three stages are as follows: PHASE 1: The Idealization Phase PHASE 2: The Devaluation Phase PHASE 3: The Discarding Phase Let’s briefly …

Effects Of Repressed Anger Towards Parents

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      What Are The Effects Of Repressed Anger Towards Parents? If our parent/s caused us significant psychological suffering when we were growing up, we may have built up a great deal of anger towards them, but we may, too, have repressed that anger and its cause (i.e. buried it deep inside our unconscious). This …

Why Girls May Be Worse Affected By Childhood Trauma Than Boys.

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    Approximately 2℅ of boys who have experienced just one ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) go on to develop chronic depression. In the case of girls who have experienced one ACE, however, this figure dramatically increases to 18%. And, in the case of boys who have experienced 4 ACES or more, 33% will go on …

Childhood Depression: Risk Factors And Why It Is Underdiagnosed.

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    Undiagnosed Childhood Depression Whilst there are many similarities between childhood depression and adult depression, there are also some important differences. One such difference is children displaying objectively observable symptoms of depression often deny that they are depressed. Certainly, this was true in my case as a child. For example, I would have felt …

Why We Must Stop Blaming Ourselves For Our Mistreatment.

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Self-Blame It is an established fact that most children who are mistreated by their parents or primary caregivers believe they are to blame for their abuse. I know I did. Indeed, I concluded I must be a terrible person or why else would I be treated so badly?  This, too, I have since learned, is …

Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) And Childhood Trauma

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    Are you a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)? Do people say things to you like: you’re over-reacting; what are you getting so upset about?; you’re blowing things way out of proportion!; don’t be so sensitive!; stop taking everything so personally! etc? If we are an HSP, it follows that we were also likely to …

Personality Types A,B,C and D And Their Relationship To Childhood Trauma

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We have seen in other articles published on this site that if we experience significant trauma during our childhood we are at higher risk than average of developing psychological problems (such as an impaired ability to cope with stress, complex post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder) in adulthood, which, in the absence of appropriate …