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Parenting: Emotional Incest

written by Dr. Margaret Paul February 12, 2019
Parenting: Emotional Incest

Jacob, a participant in one of my Inner Bonding telephone support groups, was exploring the fact that he generally didn’t like to be touched. He was sharing with the group a situation that used to happen with his mother.

“She used to sit me on the couch with her and grab my arms and look intently into my eyes, telling me how much she loved me and how important to her I was. I don’t know exactly how to describe what I felt when she did that.”

“Was it a yucky feeling?” asked Sarah, another participant.

“Yes, that’s exactly the word! Yucky! So yucky! Why did it feel so yucky?”

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