Jonice Webb PhD, ‘3 Ways Emotional Neglect From Childhood Robs Your Joy’,, Psych Central (23 Jan 2018)

Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)

Growing up in a household that under-responds to your emotions (CEN) leaves its mark on you. It leaves you blocked from your richest internal resource: your feelings. (…) It burdens you with shame, self-blame, and self-directed anger. (…) It dampens the color in your life. (…) It changes your brain. (…) It is entirely possible for you to reverse the joy-sapping effects of the CEN you were raised with. (…) Accept and believe that your feelings do matter. (…) Stop blaming yourself. (…) Look for small moments of joy.