What to know about what you don’t know you know. #1: Intuition is very efficient—if you don't overthink it.
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While there are aspects of childhood we consciously remember, much of what influences our behaviors and ways of relating remains unconscious and automatic.
We learn what love is in infancy and childhood. For some of us, the lessons are not what we needed, and loving ourselves as adults becomes an obstacle we need to face.
The culture considers a child with siblings always to have an advantage, but is that really true? Looking at the only child whose emotional needs aren't met.
We are always focused on the work of unlearning from pain and neglect, but what if we tended our inner gardens instead? A look into the possibilities.
Can mothers and daughters be friends? Or, more importantly, should they be? A look at what can go wrong when boundaries aren't in place.
Even though it's a source of social shame for those who have chosen it, the reality is that being estranged from your family is far from a rarity.
Sometimes, the obstacles in our paths are leftovers from early life experiences. Is your past insinuating itself into your present and stopping you from achieving?
When life gets messy, do you have what it takes to pick yourself up and start over? There are strategies at hand to help you deal and get back on track.
How often does your reactivity get in your way—in the workplace, in friendships, or in relationships? A look at why self-protectiveness may not always be a positive thing.
Recovering from an emotionally difficult or impoverished childhood is an arduous and long journey. It's often hard to see if you've made headway escaping from your past.
While it's true that questioning leads to growth and self-discovery, there are questions which turn into obstacles to both. Learn the difference.
What if your mother made excuses for your dad's verbal abuse? What if your dad never acknowledged how hurtful your mother was? The hurt of having a parent sell you out.
What to do when a former intimate—a parent, a friend, a lover, or spouse—seems hell-bent on trashing your reputation and everything else? Why do some people resort to smearing?
Not all dysfunctional families are the same; not every unloving mother screams, yells, or plays favorites. How can a mother be present and absent at once?
Is it always best to forgive? Do you know what distinguishes a heartfelt apology from a calculating one? A short primer on the difference.
All children normalize what goes on in their families of origin. Recognition of toxic behaviors is, paradoxically, often slow in coming, but necessary for moving forward.
Yes, that second Sunday in May is a huge commercial holiday, but for some daughters and sons, it hurts.
The culture thinks of happy and super-connected families as the norm, but is that really true? The research says not.
Maternal gatekeeping is sometimes named as the reason why fathers don't do their share of parenting. But there are other reasons, some toxic to a child's growth.
Before we can heal from a toxic childhood, we need to know how we were shaped by it. Recognition, though, isn't either easy or immediate.
Recovering from a toxic childhood begins with recognition, and sometimes it's just easier to look away from a painful truth. Are you standing in your way?
While it may be good to be a peacemaker at times, those who habitually back down from disagreement don't serve themselves or do justice to their relationships.
The role that anger plays when a daughter comes to terms with a toxic or difficult childhood in which her emotional needs weren't met is complicated and demands attention.
Are you going about changing yourself in the right way? Chances are good you're not, especially if you're falling into the resolution trap.
The disparity between the way the culture portrays the season and the way many of us experience it can be depressing or dislocating. Here's how to deal.
The holiday season can be difficult for many but estrangement from your family of origin is a special case.
What goals can we set for ourselves that will loosen the grip of a toxic childhood? Some thoughts and strategies for the future.
The road out of a painful childhood is filled with obstacles, many of them assumptions we learned to make about the world and people when we were young.
Denial is almost everyone's first defense against feeling shame but a new book tells us that's just a missed opportunity....
Narcissists are harder to spot than you might think. Here are some reasons why.
Peg Streep is the author of the new book Daughter Detox: Recovering from an Unloving Mother and Reclaiming Your Life (Île D’Éspoir Press) and has written or co-authored 12 books.