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I A Victim of Emotional Neglect

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    Tired - I'm tired of thinking about it, tired of dwelling on what's already happened. But I've become starved for a little attention. I'd run through the street shouting if I...
    4Daereen 4Daereen 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 15, 2011

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    My So Called "mother" - Well where should I begin, I'm 22 years old & I do have a lot of common sense, I just can't seem to ever grasp how a mother something I have become myself...
    pushedaside13 pushedaside13 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 26, 2012

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    Alone With the Bottle In My Handz - ... just like daddy... i just hope i wouldnt let it turn me into a dead beat parent... these b1tches are just full of excuses... so they ignore...
    MeAgainstDaWorld MeAgainstDaWorld 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 13, 2012

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    I Have A Husband Who Plays Online Gaming Every Night, We Just Started A Family An We Have 2 Babies 12 Months And 2 Days Apart. He Has Been Playing Since 2008 But Got Heavy In 2010...
    eilsky eilsky 31-35 2 Responses Dec 28, 2012

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    Does It Ever Away? -   At the age of 24 I realized I don’t love myself. I do not feel good enough or worthy and I’ve worked my entire life to cover up my insecurities and...
    ella2009 ella2009 22-25 2 Responses Jun 10, 2011

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    I Used To Get Left Alone As A Child...now I Go Crazy When I Get Left Alone - Hi...I don't know if anyone is on these message boards any more, but this is worth a shot. I went...
    girlhurts girlhurts 31-35 10 Responses Apr 28, 2012

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    It Seemd Like No One Cared - I grew up in an intact family, on the surface everything may have seemed ok, we always had enough food, clothes,entertainment etc.But my parents never...
    sneakyfox sneakyfox 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 1, 2010

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    My Story - By the time I was in high school I hated my parents, but not having a clue as to why I felt this way, I turned the hate on myself.  I felt that I must be the worst...
    ccrn ccrn 61-65 3 Responses Sep 27, 2011

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    Seeing The Light - I grew up in an emotionally neglectful environment (not physically or sexually abusive). I have dealt with depression since early-mid 20's. Drug dependence has...
    lumpyhead lumpyhead 51-55 2 Responses Jan 6, 2012

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    Happy Father's Day - I know that many people wouldn't consider my past a terrible one, however I can't even get through a day without brooding about it. I see nothing but faults in...
    DenialReflections DenialReflections 22-25 1 Response Jun 18, 2012

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    I Didn't Realize. - I am 37 years old and struggling with everything in my life.  When I was young (4-8) I have very fond memories of my dad and me doing all sorts of things...
    leamusick leamusick 36-40 1 Response Jan 27, 2012

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    I Thought I Had It "good"... - For a long time, I was in denial about my parents' neglect.  So many of my friends came from broken homes or were abused as children...
    jansarin jansarin 31-35, T 2 Responses Jun 14, 2010

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    If I Talk, But My Parents Ignore Me, Did I Speak At All? - My mother left my father when I was three and took me with her. My father never made an effort to talk to me. I always...
    itsallyg itsallyg 16-17 1 Response May 23, 2013

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    Emotional Neglect Affects My Parenting - I am a victim of emotional neglect. I grew up with selfish parents who were addicted to drugs, and family members who believed that their...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Sep 21, 2010

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    Sex, Money, Love And My Emotions - My father was not really in my life. He and my mother divorced when I was nine. My mother has been married four times. My father was physically...
    myloveadeena35 myloveadeena35 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 19, 2013

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    What? - What am i to you? Someone to push around!?! kirsty: Thanks for being there. I tell you EVERYTHING. You are the only one who listens and will never tell Mom: I dont want...
    jay107 jay107 13-15, F Dec 18, 2011

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    Why Dose Love Hurt - Hello          My name is Nancy. I am 52 yrs of age, my life is so much like many of you. I have been abused in all...
    lsamnnanadoo lsamnnanadoo 51-55 Nov 2, 2010

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    Ill Start - I have always wondered why I was the way I was and it wasn't until I had my daughter almost 4 years ago that I understood that I was emotionally neglected as a child...
    Nikro Nikro 36-40 9 Responses Aug 25, 2009

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    I Was Never Held - I never cried as a baby so therefore I was never held. A few months ago, I started to unknowingly grab ahold of the upper middle front of my shirt without...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 29, 2012

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    I Am Falling Apart... And Just Moments Ago Realized I Am Emotionally Neglected.. -                      I am 16 years old and I have 5 sisters. We all used to...
    azgirl426 azgirl426 16-17 3 Responses Jan 28, 2012

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    Who Are You? - I DARE YOU TO POST A STORY ON WHO YOU REALLY ARE. 50 CHARACTER TRAITS, I AMS AND I WISH. I WILL TOO,AND IF YOU DONT, YOUR A COUARD...
    jay107 jay107 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 1, 2011

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    Glass House - I grew up in a glass house with glass people. And everything I touched was hot and burned me. I had to lower my expectations and I withdrew from them, becoming an...
    thelostprincess thelostprincess 26-30 3 Responses Sep 25, 2011

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    Blue8 - Hi I knew there was something wrong with me..!! AT this age, XX  years of age and three children, eldest is 17 June. Senior... Damaged as parents didn't recognise my...
    blue8 blue8 41-45 Feb 15, 2011

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    The Real Me - Hey guys, i was dared by Jay107 to right 50 things about me so here i go!  i wish i looked better i am goth i wish that people didn't walk all over me...
    taboo221 taboo221 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 2, 2011

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    B S - completely ignored for 17 years, so little was said to me that, I can remember the few things that were said to me. why have a child if thats how u will treat them?
    portabledishwasher portabledishwasher 31-35 1 Response Oct 12, 2012

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    Was I Emotionally Neglected? - I have started working for a children's charity, caring for young adults in the care system. Through this work I have come across the term "emotional...
    banannapie banannapie 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 1, 2013

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    Know This Way Too Well... - At a young age, i grew up in a very distant family, my whole family was neglected and abused in someway by each other and moreso by the head of the...
    misternobrain misternobrain 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 14, 2012

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    I Am Not A Victim, I Am A Survivor. - I feel when growing up that I was my own parent. I raised myself up. My physical and materialistic needs where never neglected. But my...
    RedLipMovement RedLipMovement 18-21, F Sep 22, 2010

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    chastidy12 chastidy12 22-25 4 Responses Dec 11, 2009

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    Why did he take it all? I was not smart. I knew I was not smart because I was told that every day. Sometimes with words and sometimes it was said with a look or a certain shrug...
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    If you want to have some context as to where I am coming from with this post, please read my last entry here: EP Link … I can’t take it anymore. I really can’t. I think...
    UsernameEntered UsernameEntered 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 6

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    7 Years. Of those 7 years I was only happy for about 3 years. 7 years with a man who gave me so much joy in the beginning. Now it's like he lives to tear me down. To humiliate me...
    bmichelleb bmichelleb 26-30, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    I grew up with a mother who had a hatred for men. I was her only son out of 4 kids and I was the recipient of her anguish. I now suffer from PTSD and struggle with it every single...
    kpax81 kpax81 31-35, M 4 Responses Apr 5

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    Trying so much not to slip back into old patterns of being in unhealthy thinking. Taking all the blame for everything can be so easy when it's all that was ever known from day 1...
    wendymarie71 wendymarie71 41-45, F 4 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    Unfortunately, the act of "emailing" him was further participation of the abusive cycle. Part 1 Destroying Healthy Communication My emails came about very early in the game, I...
    authenticexistence authenticexistence 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I am I victim of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
    Wishingtobegone Wishingtobegone 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 23

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    I just left a three year relationship that has took the life out of me. During this last year he has cheated continuously, physically and emotionally abused me. I stayed and went...
    mariishurt mariishurt 31-35, F 5 Responses Mar 31

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    I didn't know about it untill I read a questionaire about it and found out that it is possible that my internet boyfriend is like this. He would get mad at me for the smallest...
    UglyGhostGirl UglyGhostGirl 22-25, F 10 Responses Apr 7

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    My dad is my abuser and I didn't know why I felt so dysfunctional until recently. My mom is amazing, and she is a survivor of horrible abuse herself so I never knew that emotional...
    katieowl katieowl 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    He was perfect from the beginning kind patient sweet. He moved in with me and I was totally in love he was my first true love. I ended up falling pregnant and it all started just...
    leeleelou leeleelou 26-30, F 5 Responses Mar 28

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    you know after a while you start believing it..... they say stuff like emo, stupid, fat, fatty, failure, loser, pathetic, etc... I don't know what I did to make everyone hate me. I...
    allreadygone allreadygone 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    I think every one has experience it maybe not physically but mentally and emotionally . I have a uncle and a ex friend who goes through it.
    REALWORDS823 REALWORDS823 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    At first glance the narcissist appears to the unsuspecting onlooker as being full of self-control; they come across as charismatic, educated, confidant, charming, and sociable...
    rcp10 rcp10 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    The name of this particular group is a misnomer because whether one believes in emotional connection or not, the fact of the matter is, it exists. I think what individuals do with...
    SimplyMarah SimplyMarah 31-35, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    Today is 451 days since my emotional affair ended. God, I still miss her and the emotional connection that we shared. I feel the emptiness in my soul. I still don't sleep...
    a330ford a330ford 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 16

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    Amen. I am a victim of it from BOTH ends. I was abused as a child and THEN abused my multiple partners. I survived though. And I live to tell about it so, Gods good.
    pinkkcotton pinkkcotton 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    Since I turned nine years old, I feel as if my parents started to get a lot angrier and more aggressive towards life, people, and at just about everything. I was one of those kids...
    ImagineA ImagineA 16-17 1 Response Mar 22

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    I don't like to go back to this era & I chose to forget it all. I am 31 now but when I was 12-13 my older sister moved back into the house I grew up in & brought her boyfriend to...
    BlueEyes3182 BlueEyes3182 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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    I'm joining this group, not to take on a 'victim mentality' as the psychology folk would call it, but to share with others who have similar experiences. This is all for the sake...
    Buckley4U Buckley4U 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    So I'm talking to this guy who I have know for about 9 years and we have only recently started to talk in that way. At first I found it a bit weird but I've kind of got used to it...
    charlbro charlbro 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 16

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    Before anything sexual happens I need to feel an emotional connection to her. I know this is soooo not a typical guy thing to say or way to be but I have gone into situations and...
    ballen0420 ballen0420 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 3