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Old 09-11-2020, 11:23 PM   #1
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So I had to be in therapy for a little over a year to figure out I've got alexithymia, long-lasting depression, binge-eating disorder and a whole range of other things. Turns out, I've grown up in a broken home where my Dad was an alcoholic, authoritarian control freak with sociopathic tendencies and my Mom was a toxic narcissist.

It's tough. If there's anyone out there who fits the same shoes, I hear you. If you need to talk to a buddy, I'll gladly throw out a helping hand !

So I recommend reading Running on Empty: Overcoming Your Childhood Emotional Neglect by Dr. Jonice Webb and Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life by Dr. Susan Ford. Whether you're someone coping with these issues or are a parent yourself and don't want to repeat the same mistakes, this book

TLDR: Check out those books and leave a comment if you've got anything interesting to say about childhood emotional neglect.
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Old 09-13-2020, 10:53 AM   #2
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Hi Cygne,

I relate! My mother is bipolar 1 and a narcissist. It took me 30 years of off and on therapy to be able to say I was emotionally and verbally abused by my parents. I have read Toxic Parents and found it helpful and a bit comforting to know others have been there. I'm getting closer to 50 and working on a different adult relationship with my parents and to kindly stand up for myself instead of reacting in anger and making it worse.
Thank you for your post.
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Hi Dylan, I admire your strength and I hope everything goes well. This is a place to get support and a nice community to share thoughts and feelings.

Have you got any self-help books or documentaries you'd like to recommend?

Here are some movies I've watched and relate to in some way regarding NARC parents, though some characters have several other tendencies:

Gaslighting (1940)
Mommy Dearest (1981)
Ordinary People (1980)
Precious (2009)

Disclaimer: some of these movies may be triggering, so you can also read a synopsis/ review or watch a trailer.
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