Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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While every dysfunctional family is unique, there are nonetheless broad patterns that can help adult children of toxic parents navigate the course.
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We're all sensitive to rejection, but people who are always vigilant and on the lookout for pain and disappointment are more likely to find it.
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While adult child-parent estrangement is usually set in motion by the adult child, there are exceptions. Painful and chaotic, here are some snapshots of personal experiences.
Women who grew up with verbally abusive mothers (and fathers) often find themselves being verbally abused in adult relationships. Are they magnets or is it something else?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.