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Episode 120: Types of Emotionally Immature Parents


It’s the fourth episode in this series on emotional immaturity, and I recommend going back and listening to the first three episodes if you haven’t yet.

Growing up with emotionally immature parents can leave you wondering how to heal your own emotional maturity as an adult. Depending on the type of emotionally mature parent you had informs how you show up as an adult. The good news is that you can do the work to break the cycle of emotional immaturity.

In today’s episode, I’m going in depth on the four types of emotionally immature parents as discussed in Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents. I’m also talking about how each type can affect children, my experiences becoming more emotionally immature as an adult and parent myself, and how to foster emotional intimacy with your kids and other people in your life.

What you’ll find in this episode:

  • The four types of emotionally immature parents: emotional, driven, passive, and rejecting

  • How each of these parenting types can affect children

  • My experience as a previously emotionally immature adult, and ways that I am learning to embrace emotional maturity and ask for help

  • How recognizing my attachment issues has led me to be a better parent

  • Intimate questions you can ask your kids to get to know them on a deeper level

  • How you can change your path to learning emotional intimacy instead of isolating

Resources mentioned:

Episode #117: My Life Has Changed Forever

Episode #118: Traits of Emotionally Immature People

Episode #119: How Emotionally Immature Parents Show Up

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-involved Parents by Lindsay C. Gibson

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