Typical examples of destructive early environments (Young & Klosko, 1994)

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Typical examples of destructive early environments

  • A parent was abusive, while the other was passive/helpless
  • Parents were emotionally distant and had high expectations for achievement
  • Parents fought all the time & you were in the middle
  • One parent was sick or depressed, and the other was absent – you became the caretaker
  • You became enmeshed with a parent – you were expected to act as a substitute spouse
  • A parent was phobic and overprotected you – this parent was afraid to be alone and clung to you
  • Parents criticized you – nothing was ever good enough
  • Your parents overindulged you – they did not set limits
  • You were rejected by peers or felt different
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