Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect | Psych Central ReviewsPart of that process is that we may start feeling closer to those around us and want more emotional substance back from them. How do I deal with my parents, now that I realize they emotionally neglected me? For Webb, there is no question that CEN leaves its footprint. We can also marry someone with vibrant emotions to color our otherwise bland world, or learn to take up very little space, allowing room for those who characteristically take up too much, such as those with narcissistic personality disorder. The relationship markers of CEN are avoiding conflict, feeling lonely or empty, talking only about surface topics, and lacking emotional intimacy and passion. I think our marriage is fine. While the relationship may be lacking vital ingredients, the problem, Webb assures readers, is fixable.
Book Review: Running On Empty No More
Sometimes one has the pleasure of reading a book that provides genuine insight and discusses a concept previously unnamed. It is no secret that I consider many self-help books questionable, or, at best, critically lacking in essential elements that could potentially aid a reader, but what Webb does is worthwhile. She describes the contours of a new concept she terms emotional neglect: how the environment we grew up in might have harmed us not through abuse but through what key elements were lacking in our childhoods. Anecdotes and peer-reviewed research have, for years, demonstrated that parenting styles greatly influence adult behavior later in life. However, examples in the literature are usually of children who were in fact abused, overtly neglected, or given up — and the outcome is often, but not always, one that yields an emotionally unstable adult. It can be extremely subtle, and it rarely has any physical or visible signs. In fact, many emotionally neglected children have received excellent physical care.
Since the publication of Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect , many thousands of people have learned that invisible Childhood Emotional Neglect, or CEN, has been weighing on them their entire lives, and are now in the process of recovery. Running on Empty No More: Transform Your Relationships will offer even more solutions for the effects of CEN on people's lives: how to talk about CEN, and heal it, in relationships with partners, parents, and children.
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