Being Made To Constantly Listen To Your Parents' Sad Stories Is Emotional Abuse

Many of my clients are people-pleasers and afraid of upsetting others, especially in intimate relationships.  

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One or both parents often overwhelmed these children with melancholy. The parents told stories about themselves as an undeserved victim and expected the youngster to be sad and furious. Such stories include

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If a youngster, especially a Highly Sensitive youngster, is repeatedly fed the same sorrowful, martyred stories, they become hyperfocused on misery and see the world as sad, frightening, and unjust.   

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These stories, which are typically placed over a foundation of negativity and despair in the family, raise the child's risk of depression and anxiety as a youngster and as an adult.  

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I believe kids should listen to various kinds of conversations. Nothing, or little, should be off the table for sex, politics, and parental history.   

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Narcissistic, depressed, and BPD parents tell their children tragic stories with no positive parts to make them feel bad and devoted to them to make up for their hard lives. This is a tremendous burden on kids.  

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A lot of people who work in caregiving—I know this from personal experience—grew up in homes where there was a lot of fighting, constant depression, and a lack of boundaries between parents and children.   

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When these kids were little, they tried to cheer up their parents, but their parents couldn't move past the past, so they kept rehashing the same tragic stories.   

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