mother embraces daughter

Emotional abuse may be an elusive concept to many, for people who have been on the receiving end it is only too tangible. The effects of emotional or narcissistic abuse are many, and healing from these can be challenging.

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“Over the last years I realise more and more that the constant feedback of me being lazy, undisciplined, self-centred and fat (as the main themes) prevented me from being a confident person, and for a long time stopped me from being a successfully independent adult.”

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I am in my early fifties and have always known there was something wrong with my mother. My mother never encouraged me to be what I wanted, rather to be what she wanted me to be. I was the family caretaker, the empathiser, the fixer and confidante instead of ever being a daughter who was loved.

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It is not a unique situation for daughters of trouble parents to find love with the sons of trouble parents. It has been suggested that neglected children will identify each other throughout their lives, whether that be in the school playground or in matters of the heart.

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