Growing up with an emotionally unavailable parent is far from normal. Yet in order to survive you will have convinced yourself that things were normal.
Just like Narcissus and Echo needed each other, so the narcissist and the enabler have a symbiotic relationship.
Isolation is a typical tactic of the abuser. It is also one of their best weapons. You become more reliant on him or her for companionship and connection.
In this podcast Aubrey is joined by Andrew Willis and Barry Goldstein of Stop Abuse Campaign. to discuss connections between adverse childhood experiences and adult health.
People may be miles apart, there is little difference in how emotional abuse is perpetrated. This list will help you spot the emotional abuser in your life.
Recently I had a conversation with some co-workers about who had worked for the worst boss. When I said: “I used to work for a boss that hit me”. I had clearly marked the winner. “Why did you not just leave the job?” my friend asked astonished. Of course I did leave the job eventually, but it took me a few years, and some major health scares to realize what was going on.