Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN): When your parents fail to respond enough to your emotional needs.

What Exactly Is Childhood Emotional Neglect?

Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN): When your parents fail to respond enough to your emotional needs. The negative effects last long into adulthood.

Still trying to heal from a difficult childhood and toxic parenting... Image: tranmautritam/Unsplash.

Why I Don't Find Sh*tty Mom Funny

[CN: Toxic parents] I am a big fan of inappropriate humor (especially when said humor is tinged with sarcasm), and I’m an even bigger fan of using comedy to deal with life’s ugliness. But when the humor is at the expense of someone unknowing and innocent, like a child, I no longer consider it funny.

It has taken me most of my adult life to come to terms with my childhood, because I chose avoidance over examination. Image: Thinkstock.

Borderline Personality Disorder Fueled My Mom's Abuse. Here's How I Started To Heal From It.

My mother saw in my brother a carbon copy of herself; every side-eye and negative comment was an echo of offensive remarks made about her own behavior as a child. Whenever my brother got into trouble for his disregard for authority or bad attitude, my mother saw it as a victory: My brother wasn’t just sticking up for himself, he was sticking up for my mother.

It took me over 10 years to make these stories, MY stories, public. Image: Thinkstock.

I Was Abused As A Child — Now I'm Writing My Own Story

Here’s the thing: I have benefited greatly from reading stories from others, the daring narratives of those who have histories similar to my own. We feel more human when we hear that other humans relate to an experience we maybe thought was our very own private hell.


Final Predestination: How I Escaped The Abuse

My friends were throwing down red flags before we even saw each other’s faces. And I should have been more mindful, and I knew it. But I was curious.