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Let's Talk Trauma: The Invisible Trauma Known as Childhood Emotional Neglect

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Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) is a type of abuse that can hide in plain sight. Unlike physical abuse or neglect, it’s extremely difficult to provide “evidence” to others that it’s taking place.

Therefore, it’s unlikely that a child who experiences this form of abuse will get the outside help that they need. A child can be emotionally neglected in several ways, but two common ones are being completely shut down or ignored, as if their feelings are never considered or allowed, or when an adult overwhelms a child with their own dysregulated emotions, there’s no room for the child to have any emotional real estate in the family.

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