Category Archives: Emotional Abuse

Parentification: A Closer Look at The Harmful Effects.

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Hadephobia – The Irrational Fear of Hell Usually Stems From Childhood.

 

HADEPHOBIA, also known as stygiophobia, is the intense, chronic, irrational fear of ‘hell’ and that one may be ‘sent there.’ It is serious enough to disrupt day to day functioning and significantly reduce the quality of life.

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Controlling Parent : Their Effects On Children

 

Controlling parents inappropriately impose their own will on their child which, when excessive, can deprive him/her of developing his/her own sense of identity and prevent him/her behaving in an authentic manner.

They may also demand an unhealthy display of Read the rest

Childhood Trauma : The ‘Silent Treatment’.

Silence can be as vindictive as speech. Anon.

My mother was the master, or, in her case, the mistress, of this technique. She would retreat into menacing and ominous non-communication so that a black atmosphere, a harbinger of doom, permeated Read the rest

Dysfunctional Parenting Leading to Pathological Sibling Rivalry

Research suggests that certain types of a dysfunctional family (click here to read my article on ‘scapegoating’ in dysfunctional families) can give rise to pathological sibling rivalry and sibling abuse (the term ‘sibling abuse’ refers to a situation in Read the rest

Dealing With Emotional Abuse : The Emotional Insulation Technique

 

Just because we are now adults, it does not necessarily follow that we will be completely free of emotional abuse by our parent, perhaps because s/he suffers from borderline personality disorder (BPD), narcissism or some other disorder of personality.Read the rest

Insomnia More Common in Childhood Trauma Survivors

I have already published on this site a great many articles about how those of us who have suffered significant childhood trauma are at considerably higher risk of suffering from psychiatric conditions, as adults than average. One such condition is Read the rest

Betrayal By Parents : Long-term Effects.

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When parents/primary caretakers, the very people who have a profound responsibility to protect and nurture their child, perpetrate abuse against him/her, the child’s psychological development is likely to be damaged on a fundamental level.

The child will come to view Read the rest

Childhood Trauma Leading to Self-Hatred and Intense Self-Criticism

 

ORIGINS OF SELF-HATRED:

Following a childhood in which we had the experience of neglect, abuse, abandonment or a combination of these, it very frequently follows that we grow up to become intensely self-critical and even consumed by feelings Read the rest

The Long-Term Effects of Parental Rejection

My father walked out on my mother when I was eight. Always highly disturbed, my mother became yet worse and threw me out of the house when I was thirteen. This made it necessary for me to go and live Read the rest

Signs of Dysfunctional Families

 

 

It has already been established in other articles that those who grow up in highly dysfunctional families are more likely than others to develop mental illness later in life (for example. borderline personality disorder. But what are the Read the rest

Childhood Fame : The Downside And Cost Of Fame

 

‘I think every child star suffers through this period because you’re not the cute and charming child that you were. You start to grow, and they want to keep you little forever.’

-Michael Jackson on the perils of getting Read the rest

Emotional Torture? When Parents Put Kids in a Psychological Double-Bind.

 

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I first came across the phrase ‘double-bind’ at university whilst studying for my first degree in psychology; it struck a chord immediately.

In its most simple terms, the child who is placed in a psychological double-bind, by parent/s or Read the rest

Childhood Trauma : The Effects of Bullying

 

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Being bullied when we were young can have long-lasting adverse effects, particularly if we were sensitive and socially anxious as children.

The form that bullying takes can be both overt (blatant and obvious) or much more subtle, The subtle Read the rest

Effects of Parental Favouritism On Favored And Unfavoured Child

 

The effects of long-term parental favouritism will affect how the favoured and non-favoured child perceive themselves. The more extreme the difference in treatment, all else being equal, the more acute will be the effects on the respective children.

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