An important post on the link between emotional abandonment in childhood and depression as well as the central part the inner critic plays.
It is difficult to accept and even understand that we have suffered abandonment trauma. That trauma and the reality of our emotional abandonment in childhood and even in the current day can be masked by addictions and negative inner voices. The work of healing requires the unearthing of the reality of our felt experience which is often expressed somatically in ways which are difficult to understand, at least that has been my experience. Add to this the fact that recovery is made harder still by the harsh or dismissive inner voices which themselves are a symptom and indicator of the lack of understanding and empathy our younger self was shown in childhood by the parent and which many of us are shown by a society that lacks insight and depth.
This has certainly been the case in my own life. Now that I am in the process of recovering and undergoing my…
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