The Search For Mother Or Father Figures Resulting From Childhood Trauma

The experience of chronic and severe childhood trauma can result in profound emotional hurt being inflicted upon our ‘inner child.’ The term ‘inner child, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is: .’the childlike usually hidden part of a person’s personality that is characterized by playfulness, spontaneity, and creativity usually accompanied by anger, hurt, and fear attributable […]

How Religious Indoctrination In Childhood Can Fuel OCD

Indoctrinating the child with certain religious beliefs relating to how one should think can provide extremely fertile ground for the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) due, in part, to a phenomenon known as THOUGHT-ACTION FUSION. The phrase ‘thought-action fusion’ refers to the dysfunctional belief that to merely THINK about doing something unacceptable is as morally […]

Emotional Abuse Anecdotes: The Step-Father With An Alias

This anecdote from real life is the first in the series of Emotional Abuse Anecdotes published on Each anecdote in the series is followed by a brief psychological explanation and analysis. The Step-Father With An Alias My parents divorced when I was eight and, after this, my mother dated a number of different men […]