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Emotionally Neglected Children May Feel Like They Are Ghosts

“Emotional Neglect is the white space in the family picture; the background rather than the foreground. It is insidious and overlooked while it does its silent damage to people’s lives.” (Dr. Jonice Webb) Editor's note: I use "he" because "he or she" can interrupt the flow of sentences. But abuse can happen to any gender.… Continue reading Emotionally Neglected Children May Feel Like They Are Ghosts

ACONs · Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse · Awakening · Becoming Real · Child Abuse · Emotional Child Abuse · Movies · Toxic Relationships

What Finn From ‘The Force Awakens’ and Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse Have in Common

Editor’s Note: Upon reading this post, some readers may say, “Oh, it's just a movie!” Indeed, but stories, whether in books or movies or television programs, teach us about ourselves, about what we value, about what we love, about what we hate. Recently, I rewatched the latest Star Wars film, "The Force Awakens," and noticed… Continue reading What Finn From ‘The Force Awakens’ and Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse Have in Common

ACONs · Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse · Emotional Child Abuse · Healing · Suicide Prevention

Suicide: When Your Sorrow Feels Too Dark

In memory of SKB Sometimes, adult survivors of emotional child abuse feel a deepening sadness that grows heavier and heavier with time. The burden of it can feel too much to carry... and they may think about suicide. So, we need to talk about suicide... and to discuss it with compassion and without judgment. Let's… Continue reading Suicide: When Your Sorrow Feels Too Dark

ACONs · Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse · Emotional Child Abuse · From the Editor · From the Editor's Mailbox · Toxic Relationships

From the Editor’s Mailbox: Being a Trusted Adult to Your Siblings, Going No Contact, and Why Therapy May Not Work for You

Editor's Note: The Invisible Scar does not offer professional advice, only opinion. Here's a look at the most common questions popping up in my inbox lately and some thoughts regarding them. My younger siblings live at home, and they're being emotionally abused by our parents. What can I do? Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse… Continue reading From the Editor’s Mailbox: Being a Trusted Adult to Your Siblings, Going No Contact, and Why Therapy May Not Work for You

ACONs · Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse · Emotional Child Abuse · PDFs

What Really Happened: Finding Out You Had an Emotionally Abusive Childhood (and Tips for Healing)

Have you recently come to the realization that you've had an emotionally abusive childhood? If so, that awakening to the truth can be brutal. But do know that you're not alone. At The Invisible Scar, I receive tons of emails from people who have had this epiphany. And I tell them that, though this discovery… Continue reading What Really Happened: Finding Out You Had an Emotionally Abusive Childhood (and Tips for Healing)

ACONs · Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse · Emotional Child Abuse · Holidays · Mother's Day

Four Sanity-Saving Tips for Ignoring Mother’s Day

How should you celebrate Mother's Day when your mother was emotionally abusive? Short answer: You don't have to celebrate it. Short answer for adult survivors who are mothers: You celebrate your being a mom, and you reflect, pray, and learn about being a better one every day. Last year, I wrote about celebrating Mother's Day… Continue reading Four Sanity-Saving Tips for Ignoring Mother’s Day

ACONs · Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse · Emotional Child Abuse

Three-Year Blog Anniversary: Lessons From Writing About a Tough Subject, a Peek at the Creative Process & Some Music

Today is the third anniversary of The Invisible Scar. And in light of this frabjous day (callooh, callay!), I thought I'd share a little behind-the-scenes content: What I've learned in writing and running The Invisible Scar for three years The creative process for The Invisible Scar articles Favorite songs on my playlist while I write… Continue reading Three-Year Blog Anniversary: Lessons From Writing About a Tough Subject, a Peek at the Creative Process & Some Music

ACONs · Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse · Child Abuse · Emotional Child Abuse · Healing

Even When Abusive Parents Apologize, They Don’t

Every adult survivor of emotional child abuse would love to hear the following apology in some version or other: "Child, I'm so deeply sorry for all the pain and suffering and neglect that you endured through my actions or inactions. If I could go back in time, I'd right those wrongs, treat you with the… Continue reading Even When Abusive Parents Apologize, They Don’t

ACONs · Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse · Emotional Child Abuse

Embrace the Quiet Joy of the Christmas Season

Judging from the surge of pageviews and long emotional emails in my inbox, I know you're hurting and wanting the hurting to stop. You're tired of the unrelenting emotional abuse and mind games that you've endured. Even if you've taken the step to create space between you and your abusers, you may still feel out… Continue reading Embrace the Quiet Joy of the Christmas Season

ACONs · Adult Survivors of Emotional Child Abuse · Becoming Real · Emotional Child Abuse

Finding Something to Be Grateful for on Thanksgiving

Whether you're estranged from your family, limiting contact with them, or processing the truth about your childhood, Thanksgiving can be one very difficult holiday. Images of delighted, happy-to-be-together families gathered around the dining room table or playing football in someone's gorgeous leaf-filled lawn are everywhere, not just on commercials but on social media accounts, too.… Continue reading Finding Something to Be Grateful for on Thanksgiving