Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents - Lindsay C. Gibson

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

By Lindsay C. Gibson

  • Release Date: 2015-06-01
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 418 Ratings

Description

If you grew up with an emotionally immature, unavailable, or selfish parent, you may have lingering feelings of anger, loneliness, betrayal, or abandonment. You may recall your childhood as a time when your emotional needs were not met, when your feelings were dismissed, or when you took on adult levels of responsibility in an effort to compensate for your parent’s behavior. These wounds can be healed, and you can move forward in your life.

In this breakthrough book, clinical psychologist Lindsay Gibson exposes the destructive nature of parents who are emotionally immature or unavailable. You will see how these parents create a sense of neglect, and discover ways to heal from the pain and confusion caused by your childhood. By freeing yourself from your parents’ emotional immaturity, you can recover your true nature, control how you react to them, and avoid disappointment. Finally, you’ll learn how to create positive, new relationships so you can build a better life.

Discover the four types of difficult parents:

• The emotional parent instills feelings of instability and anxiety
• The driven parent stays busy trying to perfect everything and everyone
• The passive parent avoids dealing with anything upsetting
• The rejecting parent is withdrawn, dismissive, and derogatory

Reviews

  • This book changed my life

    5
    By spathos
    It gave me a language for experiences that I didn’t have words for. Well written with useful examples for anyone who has a difficult relationship with one or both parents and can’t explain why.
  • What a find !

    5
    By MeganRocks87
    This book truly changed my adult life around. It really puts everything into perspective. A must read!
  • Sibling Stocking Stuffer

    5
    By Aaron Kyle Moore
    In a world where immaturity is normalized, I’m inspired by what we could be if only we woke up and broke our childhood emotional chains. Good book to read before the holidays with family.
  • Introspective Read

    5
    By baalsbqhqoehdk12311
    EVERYONE should read this book. Want to have your mind blown? This book is it right here.
  • Just buy it already!

    5
    By songshivers
    This book managed to break my six year streak of being unable to finish a book, likely courtesy of the emotional unpacking it assists in.
  • Humbling. Eye opening. Comforting.

    5
    By graciecomway
    On a personal journey to heal - this book really helped me dive into how to start, validated a lot of feelings and thoughts within myself that are hard to even speak of in therapy. As I prepare for EMDR therapy I stumbled upon this title, and wil forever refer back to this as I complete trauma therapy to help imbed what to watch for in others, and myself.
  • great

    5
    By Kalieghroylance
    Great book, made me cry a lot uncovering lots of emotional stuff from my childhood.
  • Story of my life

    5
    By Franza1290
    This book is amazing! I’ve had so many issues that I’ve been fixing that don’t seem to come to an end. Once I found this book it all made sense. The author perfectly described many traits my parents have, how I’ve dealt with it and why it creates more issues for me down the line. She also provided easy and tangible ways to help you identify your parents patterns and heal from the trauma or caused. Finally I see a light at the end of the tunnel for improving my constant anxiety and worry that hinders me from living. I highly recommend this book for anyone. Even if someone doesn’t have the issues described in this book it’s also very eye opening about how other people react in different situations at work, school or anywhere else.
  • This book changed my world view

    5
    By gsvvvwifkvheghg
    Not only did this book show me how to deal with my own emotionally immature loved ones, it also showed me how I am emotionally immature. We pick up communication from our parents. It makes sense that you’d also pick up their emotional immaturity. I started reading this book to deal with my relationship with my parents but it ended up showing me I can be a better person myself.
  • Good information, questionable structure

    4
    By jeffhot
    I loved the insights in this book and found the big-picture point-of-view to be a very helpful framing. The way she delineated personality characteristics often did not resonate for me and I found myself needing to take the ideas that worked for me and leave a lot of the structure behind. The latter part of the book gets into practical advise and “solutions” which I liked but also wanted to add a parenthetical frequently (this paragraph’s advice could take years to work through, don’t give up!). I still would recommend this book as a thought starter for self-reflection and reframing of our earliest and most influential relationships.

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