The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Cultural attitudes toward estrangement shame the adult child who has initiated no contact—but that may be changing as society begins to see that it's neither rare nor unjustified.
Sometimes, when someone actively refuses to take responsibility for actions and words, there's a toxic dynamic afoot.
Feeling like the odd person out and singled out in negative ways can be a byproduct of a toxic childhood. Here are some tips on how to make sure you're not contributing to it.
Dealing with a narcissist is never easy but sheltering in place with one is a whole other story. Your life will get easier if you can manage to avoid these five pitfalls.
For many daughters, this most commercial of holidays is isolating and painful. But there are strategies to help you cope.
Most of us have life pretty much on hold, but recovering from the effects of a childhood in which your emotional needs weren't met can be ongoing, even while you're stuck at home.
Should you be second-guessing choices you made in calmer times? What about boundaries set with toxic parents? A close look at how some people are dealing.
With life turned upside-down for everyone, staying emotionally centered is pretty much a universal task. But some will find it more difficult than others.
Work-life in the United States and elsewhere has taken an unexpected turn for millions. Here's how to deal when you have to work where you sleep..
Finally understanding painful family dynamics doesn't necessarily bring inner peace, not at first, which may come as an unwelcome surprise. Here's why.
While there are aspects of childhood we consciously remember, much of what influences our behaviors and ways of relating remains unconscious and automatic.
We learn what love is in infancy and childhood. For some of us, the lessons are not what we needed, and loving ourselves as adults becomes an obstacle we need to face.
The culture considers a child with siblings always to have an advantage, but is that really true? Looking at the only child whose emotional needs aren't met.
We are always focused on the work of unlearning from pain and neglect, but what if we tended our inner gardens instead? A look into the possibilities.
Can mothers and daughters be friends? Or, more importantly, should they be? A look at what can go wrong when boundaries aren't in place.
Even though it's a source of social shame for those who have chosen it, the reality is that being estranged from your family is far from a rarity.
Sometimes, the obstacles in our paths are leftovers from early life experiences. Is your past insinuating itself into your present and stopping you from achieving?
When life gets messy, do you have what it takes to pick yourself up and start over? There are strategies at hand to help you deal and get back on track.
How often does your reactivity get in your way—in the workplace, in friendships, or in relationships? A look at why self-protectiveness may not always be a positive thing.
Recovering from an emotionally difficult or impoverished childhood is an arduous and long journey. It's often hard to see if you've made headway escaping from your past.
While it's true that questioning leads to growth and self-discovery, there are questions which turn into obstacles to both. Learn the difference.
What if your mother made excuses for your dad's verbal abuse? What if your dad never acknowledged how hurtful your mother was? The hurt of having a parent sell you out.
What to do when a former intimate—a parent, a friend, a lover, or spouse—seems hell-bent on trashing your reputation and everything else? Why do some people resort to smearing?
Not all dysfunctional families are the same; not every unloving mother screams, yells, or plays favorites. How can a mother be present and absent at once?
Is it always best to forgive? Do you know what distinguishes a heartfelt apology from a calculating one? A short primer on the difference.
All children normalize what goes on in their families of origin. Recognition of toxic behaviors is, paradoxically, often slow in coming, but necessary for moving forward.
Yes, that second Sunday in May is a huge commercial holiday, but for some daughters and sons, it hurts.
The culture thinks of happy and super-connected families as the norm, but is that really true? The research says not.
Maternal gatekeeping is sometimes named as the reason why fathers don't do their share of parenting. But there are other reasons, some toxic to a child's growth.
Before we can heal from a toxic childhood, we need to know how we were shaped by it. Recognition, though, isn't either easy or immediate.
Peg Streep is the author of the new book Daughter Detox: Recovering from an Unloving Mother and Reclaiming Your Life (Île D’Éspoir Press) and has written or co-authored 12 books.