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The holiday season can be difficult for many but estrangement from your family of origin is a special case.
What goals can we set for ourselves that will loosen the grip of a toxic childhood? Some thoughts and strategies for the future.
The road out of a painful childhood is filled with obstacles, many of them assumptions we learned to make about the world and people when we were young.
Denial is almost everyone's first defense against feeling shame but a new book tells us that's just a missed opportunity....
Much is written about narcissists but the truth is that they're more complicated and harder to spot than you might think. Here are some reasons why...
We're all familiar with narcissists, but what about those folks on the other end of the spectrum? What about echoists?
It's counterintuitive, but true: A daughter may not connect her adult longings to her childhood treatment for many years. This is why....
When siblings fall out: the complexity of family estrangement, denial, and loyalty, and the brutal truth of the smear campaign against the rebel.
Whether to become a parent is a choice, but for those with difficult or toxic childhood experiences, the considerations are different.
The hardest part of recovering from a run-in with a narcissist is realizing nothing was what it seemed.
The ways in which a daughter is affected by a mother who doesn't meet her emotional needs are complicated. Here's a guide to some of the effects you may not yet see.
Do you worry that one day you'll be found out or uncovered as someone who's a fake? That all you've achieved is just a fluke? Did you know that your anxiety has a name?
One reader confided that her father scared her. Another that his father made him feel small and insignificant. What happens when a father is toxic?
Anticipating the difficulties of healing can help you recover and reclaim your life with less stress.
The approach of Mother's Day can highlight problems, and many daughters struggle either with managing a continuing relationship or considering estrangement.
Giving up on a marriage is hard stuff. How can you be sure that divorce is the right option? There are signals that you need to know.
Shutting the door on childhood and its effects on your adult self is easier said than done. A close look at why intimacy is so often elusive for the daughter of an unloving mother.
When a daughter's emotional needs aren't met by her mother, it's not uncommon for her body to become a battleground, starting in childhood and extending through her adulthood.
The first question society asks, when hearing of abuse, is "why didn't she/he just leave?" It's a question that betrays how little we know about the cycle of abuse.
In retrospect, it's often easy to see why a relationship or marriage failed. But there are signs along the way that experts know, and you should too...
The end of any relationship can be painful but recovering from one with someone high in narcissistic traits is especially trying. Some pointers on how to look past the devastation.
The culture thinks that persisting is hard and requires grit, while quitting is easy. The truth may surprise you, especially when it comes to toxic relationships.
Do you believe that when things go wrong, someone has to take the fall, and that person should be you? Do you think people are capable of changing their reactions?
Healing from childhood can be elusive unless we focus on both what happened in the home and what didn't.
Deciding to cut a parent out of your life is a huge decision, which can bring with it some unwanted baggage rather than the expected freedom and relief.
All families have their squabbles and tensions, but when your family of origin is toxic and dysfunctional, the holidays are really hard. But you're not powerless.
What helps you escape from an unhappy childhood — the power of your imagination — may get in the way of your recovery in adulthood.
Our culture tells us to stop whining about childhood and to "move on." But we'll keep repeating the patterns of the past if we can't see them.
While it seems counterintuitive, scapegoating makes a mother believe that her dysfunctional family is actually healthy and stable, and bullying tends to solidify bonding.
It's true that children whose emotional needs weren't met by their mothers share common ground, but there are still important differences that affect individual development.
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.