If your parents were distant, rejecting, emotionally unavailable, or even absent, the journey to healing can feel difficult and sometimes out of reach. As challenging as it may seem to open old wounds, it is worthwhile work to uncover the lasting damage of a difficult childhood. Adult Children of Emotionally Unavailable Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self Involved Parents is a great way to jump start this healing journey. Author Lisa Gibson, PsyD, helps readers define and understand parental immaturity which may shed light on your own childhood experiences.
You may remember your childhood as a lonely time, where you were frequently dismissed, or fearful to voice your opinions. Perhaps you even felt responsible for meeting your parents’ emotional needs. The effects of such experiences can significantly impact a child’s development. As an adult, unraveling those painful memories can be daunting, but Gibson offers hope and understanding. She outlines a clear path to recovery and an opportunity to move forward as an empowered adult.
Through Gibson’s book, she offers real and practical solutions. She teaches readers how to depersonalize the parents’ behavior and take responsibility for their own emotional maturity. Her tools promote acceptance and offer hope. At Therapeutic Partners, we enjoyed reading this book together and have since recommended it to many clients. The feedback we have received thus far, has been overwhelmingly positive. If you are struggling to find the tools to engage in a relationship with your parents or overcome the lasting pain, check out this book and don’t hesitate to contact us for additional support!