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I A Victim of Emotional Neglect

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 394 People

    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 together.  He did everything for me, took me everywhere and made me feel like the center of the universe.  He NEVER hit me...
    leamusick leamusick 36-40 1 Response Jan 27, 2012

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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 i am to nice i wish i was popular i am very shy sometimes i wish that i had a better family i...
    taboo221 taboo221 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 2, 2011

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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 neglect" which has rang some bells in me about my own childhood. I am not sure how I feel about this, and this is hard to write...
    banannapie banannapie 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 1, 2013

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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 listened to me.Whenever I was upset my mother would state"Oh somebody looks crooked at you and you fall apart" and either leave...
    sneakyfox sneakyfox 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 1, 2010

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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 progressed from early "experimentation"  to end-stage addiction at my current age of 55. I have detoxed 5 times over...
    lumpyhead lumpyhead 51-55 2 Responses Jan 6, 2012

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    I'm a survivor of emotional ,

    psychological and financial abuse. My ex wife of ten years had been having an affair for the last three months. I found out, I got kicked out my home and had to move in with my aged mum. My ex only worked for 16 months of the marriage, I paid for everything and never had money...
    tim1969 tim1969 41-45, M 4 Responses May 20

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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 “fit in”. It not until now that I realize I have been pretending to be normal on the outside and I do not let anyone on...
    ella2009 ella2009 22-25 2 Responses Jun 10, 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 ways. My mom was a lady of the evening, with many men in her life. My dad raised myself and my 5 half sisters like we were...
    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. I know that I was an unplanned pregnancy b/c I was always told "I was a mistake". I was also told by...
    Nikro Nikro 36-40 9 Responses Aug 25, 2009

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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 and emotionally abusive to me when my parents were together. I had a child at 17 and was married to a crack cocaine addict who abandoned...
    myloveadeena35 myloveadeena35 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 19, 2013

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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, I thought I had nothing to complain about by comparison.  My dad provided the basics, right?  We weren't cold or hungry or in the...
    jansarin jansarin 31-35, T 2 Responses Jun 14, 2010

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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 realizing it. At work one day, an older gentle man questioned me about it and I didnt know why I did it or where I even...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 29, 2012

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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 household. I was born through an unplanned pregnancy, and although my mom never admitted it or said it to me; i could see that she...
    misternobrain misternobrain 22-25, M Jul 14, 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 be extremely well behaved, then my sister (1.5 years older than me) started acting out in 2007 when she was in 8th grade and i was in 6th grade. She started small, she would lie about...
    azgirl426 azgirl426 16-17 3 Responses Jan 28, 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 myself and an inability to cope that are products of my childhood. I don't know how to overcome it. I am in counselling...
    DenialReflections DenialReflections 22-25 1 Response Jun 18, 2012

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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 anymore yelling...sorry i guess dad: You ar ejust trying to get through a door, the size of a mouse. The...
    jay107 jay107 13-15, F Dec 18, 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 avoidant attachment. I felt very alone. My parents were not “real” emotionally. They were consumed by anxiety...
    thelostprincess thelostprincess 26-30 3 Responses Sep 25, 2011

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! who are you?
    jay107 jay107 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 1, 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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    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 cuz they dont wanna havta deal with me... thast the truth... truth hurts.. so imma just CHUG it all down.. and the weed smoke is callin...
    MeAgainstDaWorld MeAgainstDaWorld 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 13, 2012

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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, can just block her children out of her life for MEN! Where did we go wrong as children? I looked up to my mother as a child...
    pushedaside13 pushedaside13 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 26, 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, So Much That He Met A Female Friend. He had a Emotional Affair...

    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, so much that he met a female friend. he never told me about her. He had an emotional affair... I...
    eilsky eilsky 31-35 2 Responses Dec 28, 2012

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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 through emotional neglect as a child - my parents didn't want me, they made fun of me, they did drugs and drank around me, as a small child they used to leave me on my own or in...
    girlhurts girlhurts 31-35 10 Responses Apr 28, 2012

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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 accomplishments. I had two brothers but they did not relate to me only teased me and an eldest sister, who was a...
    blue8 blue8 41-45 Feb 15, 2011

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    My Story

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    chastidy12 chastidy12 22-25 4 Responses Dec 11, 2009

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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 sobriety would come from dropping us off to be with them while they were out on the corners all hours of the night. I recognize that addiction...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Sep 21, 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 called him by his first name and he hated it. He demanded respect he doesn't deserve. He has another wife and kid. His second child he treated like a royal while...
    itsallyg itsallyg 16-17 2 Responses May 23, 2013

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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 child in the whole world to hate my own parents.  Didn't I live in a nice house?  Didn't I wear nice clothes and...
    ccrn ccrn 61-65 3 Responses Sep 27, 2011

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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 thought it would do me any good. I once heard someone say that in some European cultures it wasn't acceptable to...
    4Daereen 4Daereen 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 15, 2011

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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 emotional were. This is why I started falling in love with the idea of love and not with the people. I have also learned to conceal my yern for...
    RedLipMovement RedLipMovement 18-21, F Sep 22, 2010

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    It seems people only get concerned with people

    who are raped or abused, but emotional abuse is pretty horrible too.. My parents don't seem to believe in an emotional relationship. They always fight. It seems like my mom doesn't trust or want to be with my dad anymore, and it seems like my dad is only happy when my mom is...
    dessertqueen dessertqueen 18-21, F 2 Responses May 20

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    Empty House

    Thinking of my mother crying upon the death of her father Those were the only tears I ever saw from her The only time I felt her, at least that I wanted to A child can only hold so much There might have been something left of me then, still protected A lost child, like a...
    OkayBut OkayBut 46-50, M 23 Responses Apr 16, 2010

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    Why, Is It Me?

    It's odd how in our own perspective we can see people as being neglectful. Uncaring, unsypathetic, and completely disengaged from us emotionally, but fully able and capable of being tied to someone else. Supporting others, making excuses for them, encouraging them, helping them...
    rtpbbcub rtpbbcub 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 20, 2011

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    It took me 6 years to realize that I am a victim of emotional abuse. As a teenager I also said that I would never be "one of those girls" and be in a relationship that destroyed...
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    I joined this experience, not because I am a victim of emotional abuse by somebody else, but because I am emotional abuse's victim. in other words, I am the emotional abuser. I...
    WeArePilots WeArePilots 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11

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    I had just turned 20 and I had been living with my first love for a year and a half, a handsome, charming man who abused me physically and emotionally. One day when he'd been...
    Brainyblonde Brainyblonde 66-70, F 2 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    This is a good article for whatever kind of abusive relationship you may be in. Mine currently just happens to be verbal and emotional. And for those of you who want to whine...
    trayomis trayomis 31-35, F Dec 15

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    I'm writing here because I feel like I don't have anyone in my life who cares enough to listen to my problem. The man I've fallen in love with is causing me extreme emotional pain...
    pandagirl09 pandagirl09 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 30

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    My, now ex, just came clean about being with another women while we were together. He was emotionally abusive, called ever name in the book (sl$t, troll, family hates me for a...
    funluvz funluvz 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 11

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    When i was little i remember my mom always trying to "protect me" from different kind of things. she would never let me do things that i liked, for example cheer leading claiming...
    hxnnaah hxnnaah 16-17, F Dec 14

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    ok sorry people. Im still struggling. I left the guy but... why do I feel I need to go back? I need to not care. But I feel like Iwas owned or something. I am afraid of him...
    amtired amtired 22-25 6 Responses Nov 30

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    My dad's always been emotionally abusing me, my mom, and my brother. My mom wants a divorce (since he's also cheating on her), but she's too afraid as to what to do. What can I do...
    hoseki hoseki 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 30

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    I experienced Verbal Attacks / Emotional Abuse/Isolation/Minimizing, Denying, and Blaming ..., and one day i will talk about it ..
    pipitta pipitta 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 8

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    I was emotionally abused all of my life. I cant find answers why. No matter were i went, everyone disrespected me for no reason. Friends left me and everyone either told me i was...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35 4 Responses Dec 13

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    My ex boyfriend and I broke up because he had to go to jail for the assult and strangulation of his ex girlfriend from a couple years ago... Still talking to him supporting him...
    funluvz funluvz 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 14

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    I was bullied as a kid, ignored as a teen, and put down by most every guy I dated until recently. I grew up in a home where my father emotionally and physically abused my mom and...
    hoobityhobbity hoobityhobbity 26-30, F 9 Responses Dec 18

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    I was married to a woman who emotionally abused me. We have kids and she does it still through them or the silent treatment I'm not the type to stay with ex girlfriends If it's...
    cutie7710 cutie7710 36-40, F Dec 19

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