7 Signs That Your Parents Emotionally Neglect You

One of the biggest surprises about growing up is realizing that your parents aren’t perfect. Sure, maybe you already came to that conclusion when you were younger, but when you’re in your late teens and twenties…your parents’ imperfections become glaring. Maybe it’s because they have less authority over you by then, or maybe it’s just maturity and gaining some empathy for your parents that you couldn’t as a kid. But trust me, their flaws will be so glaring that you’ll be blinded by them. As you grow and have a better understanding of yourself, you’ll see how your upbringing and parents’ influence made you the person you are; the good, the bad, and the ugly. I have my mom’s curiosity and my dad’s extroversion. I have my dad’s quick temper and my mom’s high strung nature, and that’s all thanks to how they raised me.

But what if, as you peel back the onion-like layer of your parents’ personalities, you realize something a little more sinister, something that goes beyond little personality flaws and quirks. It takes maturity to realize that your parents didn’t provide them the emotional support you needed as a kid. What if you find out your parents were low key neglectful? People act like neglect must appear in a super dramatic, abusive, violent package, as if neglect means a parent doesn’t provide food or clothes for their kids. But that’s not necessarily true when it comes to emotional neglect. Curious as to what emotional neglect looks like? Check out these seven signs that your parents emotionally neglect you. This could explain a lot of feelings you’ve been unable to process until now.

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  • That’s some of me but I can’t fault my grandparents, I’m sure my grandparents felt and did serve their childrens’ needs as best they could. They were dirt-poor and not very educated, I believe they focused on survival and trying to feed and discipline their kids. Not ideal but they did have the best of intentions, didn’t they?