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5 Ways to Heal from a Highly Critical, Controlling Parent

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“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” ~Louise Hay When I was growing up, it felt like nothing was good enough for my dad.

And all I longed for was his acceptance and love. He had this temper that would blow up, and he’d blame me for how he felt. He would outright tell me his behavior was my fault.

That if I’d behaved better, he wouldn’t have had an outburst. When he told me I wasn’t enough or worthy, I believed him. I was constantly walking on eggshells around him, trying to not annoy him, as his angry words would really hurt.

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