Childhood Emotional Neglect And Codependency

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What is Childhood Emotional Neglect?

Do you feel empty and disconnected? Do you sense that you’re different than everyone else, but you can’t put your finger on what’s wrong? Childhood Emotional Neglect is a powerful experience, but one that often goes unnoticed and untreated. In fact, many people who experienced Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) describe their childhood as “good” and it’s only on closer examination that they recognize that something important was missing.

Your childhood experiences played a huge part in shaping you into the adult you are today. Children rely on their parents to meet their physical and emotional needs. And significant, but invisible, damage is done when parents fail to meet their children’s emotional needs.

Childhood Emotional Neglect is the result of your parent’s inability to validate and respond adequately to your emotional needs. Childhood emotional neglect can be hard to identify because it’s what didn’t happen in…

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9 thoughts on “Childhood Emotional Neglect And Codependency”

  1. So true. I am hoping it is less common now. Growing up in the 70’s and 80s in Britain..this was very common I think. I hated “Children should be seen and not heard”😕

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    1. I agree. For me, I grew up in the 90s with drug addict parents. I had the necessities but emotionally, my parents weren’t there. They didn’t notice I was isolating myself because of depression. That I started self-harming. I was a preteen at this point. & I’ve found that a lot of millennial have dealt with parents like that. But I think the millennial & gen-x generation have been turning this around with their children. Not that all baby boomers were bad parents. Not at all. I just think the dynamics were different in their own childhood. What some thought was normal wasn’t.


      1. You have hit the nail on the head at the end there. Until we escape our parents “what we thought was normal wasn’t” . I am very sorry you had to cope with everything you did but sharing will help others 😘

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  2. This is a serious issue, Elizabeth. But, i’ll have to argue the parents side because, as a parent, sometimes i wonder if i’m raising my kids right. I know i’m not perfect, and i admit i don’t always have enough patience to deal with them. But i try, and sometimes i wonder if i’m doing enough, or not. the problem? I won’t really know the result until they are all adults, or almost there.

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    1. Btw, I’m not referring to you at all! I just mean, this is common in households with alcohol & drugs. I think these parents know they are not putting in the time. I grew up with drug addict parents. I had a roof & food but I was emotionally neglected because their primary concern was drugs. I was isolated. I sat in my room all day so they could do drugs. I started cutting & they didn’t notice. Things of these nature!

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      1. I’m stronger because of it. But I get what you are saying too! But I think if you are trying, you are a great parent! Because no one knows how to parent except through experience & everyone makes mistakes. I hope I didn’t sound like I was accusing you of anything because that wasn’t my intention at all!


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