Human beings need to understand the world. It’s how we live effectively within it. When people are sick, we need to know why. In the absence of knowledge, religion capitalizes on that need to slither into our mind. Before we know about depression or schizophrenia, the child is possessed by demons. When we are ignorant, that’s when we begin lashing out inappropriately because we are afraid. And nothing empowers our ignorance, often convincing us that our ignorance is really knowledge, like religion.- JT Eberhard
Invisible, Powerful Childhood Emotional Neglect
By Jonice Webb, PhD
“Something’s not right with me, but I don’t know what it is.”
“I had a fine childhood. I should be feeling and doing better than I am.”
“I should be happier. What is wrong with me?”
During more than 20 years as a psychologist, I have discovered a powerful and destructive force from people’s childhoods that weighs upon them as adults. It saps their joy, and causes them to feel disconnected and unfulfilled. This childhood force goes completely unnoticed while it does its silent damage to people’s lives. In fact, it’s so invisible that it has flown under the radar of not only the general public, but also the mental health profession.