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Anxious behavior

Unloved Daughters and the Ongoing Problem with Boundaries

“Almost everyone I know well says I invade their space. And you know what? I’m not entirely sure what that means. How close is too close? Is there an invisible line between being involved and being intrusive? It happens with friends and it happens with lovers. What am I missing?”
This is the message I got from “Nina,” who is 35 and still struggling to define intimacy in relationships.


Abuse

Unloved Daughters and the Awful Cycle of Repetitive Thoughts

Not long ago, I got a rather plaintive message from a reader who wondered whether there was a connection between her own childhood experiences and her problems dealing with stress:
"When I feel stressed or worried, it’s practically impossible for me to stay on an even keel; I am up most of the night, unable to shut off my brain, and all my worries seem to run on an endless loop. Of course, being sleep-deprived only...


Anger

Will a Toxic Childhood Make You Procrastinate? (The Answer Will Surprise You)

When I did a call-out to readers when I was compiling the questions for my most recent book, The Daughter Detox Question & Answer Book, this question about the link between childhood treatment and putting things off came up with some regularity.  Readers complained about not being a finisher or what one woman called “cluttering up her life with half-done projects” while others chimed in that even looking at their to-do lists filled them...