As an adult who was emotionally neglected as a child, you will feel off as an adult, like something is not quite right. You will assume whatever is wrong is something that you did, but it is not. Once you understand the issue you will be able to better deal with it and find a solution to help you heal.
Here are 6 signs you were neglected as a child that show up when you are an adult.
Because you grew up thinking that there’s something wrong with you, as an adult you might have a tendency towards addiction. Alcohol, games, over-eating are your coping mechanisms.
It’s hard for you to feel genuine joy or to feel happy about your accomplishments. Many times, you feel empty inside, as if there’s a hole where your thirst for life should be.
Because you couldn’t depend on your parents when you were a child, now you feel that the only person you can rely upon is yourself. That’s why, when you need help, you don’t know how to ask for it.
Animals are much easier to get along with and to connect with. Animals do not judge you and love you unconditionally. You love that you never have to worry about your dog talking about you behind your back.
Because your parent’s neglect made you think that you didn’t deserve their affection, now all you can see are your flaws. You are very hard on yourself, even though you have no problem feeling compassion for other people. You can shake the feeling that there’s something essentially wrong with you.
Because there was nobody there for you to validate your feelings, to put together cause and effect, as an adult you have a hard time identifying your emotions and understanding them. That’s why your negative emotions seem to come out of nowhere.
The most important thing that you can learn as an adult is that your emotions matter. That your parent’s neglect is not your fault. You are not worthless. You are worthy of love.