Today on SelfWork we’re going to be talking about what have been called “daddy issues” as Father’s Day is upcoming and many children will be honoring their fathers who were there for them and with whom they enjoyed an emotionally safe and stable relationship. We’ll talk about how this term has been used in a pejorative way, and replace it with “parent issues,” which is far more realistic. Chief among the issues is sexual abuse. But in this episode, sponsored by Athletic Greens, I want to cover two other major dynamics that can cause a parent/child relationship to be damaging – enmeshment and abandonment – or being emotionally unavailable. There are many others – the addicted parent, the critical parent, the mentally unstable parent. Below you’ll find a couple of links to episodes that cover those topics as well. I’ll pull from the wisdom of my own therapy clients as they’ve seen for themselves what was wrong – and did their best to change it.
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