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Since the publication of Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect, many thousands of people have learned that invisible Childhood Emotional Neglect, or CEN, has been weighing on them their entire lives, and are now in the process of recovery. Running on Empty No More: Transform Your Relationships will offer even more solutions for the effects of CEN on p ...more
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Morgan James Publishing
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If you have parents that never talked about feelings, suppressed them or avoided them and you feel empty or lost then this book really helps you to work through a recovery process to turn your life around. This psychologist has really pinpointed the problems associated with Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) and helps you to heal from these often hidden problems that are a result of this treatment. I have already had many years of therapy but this book has isolated and named things that have acce ...more
This book is coming off the heels of it's previous book, Running On Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect...meant to steer us towards the idea of learning more from CED but also learning how to engage in conversation about it, how to heal from it. The title alone grasped me. Running on empty seems to be a common phrase that most parents (if they are honest) would describe their daily lives to be....most especially when you come from a life, before kids, where you were already emotiona ...more
“When you grow up looking into your parents’ eyes and seeing an inadequate, unclear or inaccurate reflection of yourself, you do not have the opportunity to learn who you are. This sets you up to struggle through life with a lack of information about your true nature.” Life changing book for me. The only problem a I have with it is the Quiz which ai think could incorrectly identify someone with CEN, because the “symptoms” could apply to many other issues including ADHD and anxiety.
For some reason, Goodreads doesn't have the audio edition of this book, which is narrated by Dr. Webb herself, so I chose the Kindle Edition even though I listened to this in my car via my library's digital copy on Overdrive. It's really quite good: straightforward, understandable, empathetic. I am particularly struck by how pervasive CEN is and how it explains so many self-destructive behaviors that never seemed to have an origin or reason since CEN parents are often caring and loving and provi ...more
I have been following Dr. Webb for some time now, with her insightful blogs and articles. But in this book her writing is her most clear, incisive and instructive. She gets to the meat of this issue, letting survivors and support people alike know what childhood emotional neglect is and what can be done about it. Our culture is in dire need of this information at this moment in time, when the status quo would have us skirting the surface, yearning for deep connection and believing that only othe ...more
This book has really opened my eyes and finally helped me understood my feelings in a deeper level. My main focus was learning about my CEN parents and healing my emotional neglect. I recommend this book to anyone who has felt neglected/miss understood/lonely in their childhood. The book gives great examples and techniques on how to cope with that.
Great explanation of what to do if you suffer from Childhood Emotional Neglect. I like how there were examples that showed me how to start recognizing my child's emotional needs and nurture them so I don't repeat the invisible pattern and leave him hollow for his own adult relationships.
Jonice Webb, PhD is a licensed psychologist, blogger and best-selling author of two books. Recognized worldwide as the pioneer of Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN), Dr. Webb created Fuel Up For Life, the first and only online CEN Recovery Program. She has been interviewed about Childhood Emotional Neglect on NPR and many radio shows and podcasts. Her work has appeared in CNBC.com, Psychology Today ...more
“As a parent, your counter-dependence can set you up to feel, on some level, deeply uncomfortable with the dependence that is naturally built into your relationship with your child. Your own needs were thwarted as a child, and now a small being has lots of needs that you are required to fulfill. You may feel, on some deep or even unconscious level, that this is an unfair bind to be placed in. And now that we’re talking about this openly, I want to assure you that your feeling makes a lot of sense and is valid. You are indeed in an unfair bind. On top of that, society tells you (by seldom airing any negative feelings about parenting) that your feeling of being in an unfair bind is not how a parent is supposed to feel. In addition to the bind, your fear of relying on others may make it difficult for you to ask for help and accept help. All parents get overwhelmed and exhausted at times, and need support and assistance. If relying on other caretakers makes you feel vulnerable or weak or selfish, you will find yourself running on empty.”
“But in other ways, they may also make you even more aware of what you are missing. You may experience moments when you go to the well, looking for some feeling for your children, and find that there’s not enough there. At that moment, you may catch a glimpse of an absence of something, and it may feel deeply uncomfortable. The Feelings You Are Left With: Wanting to give, but the well feels dry. Troubled. Ashamed. Sad. Deficient. Exhausted.”More quotes…