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Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect Hardcover – 27 Feb 2014
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About the Author
Jonice Webb has a PhD in clinical psychology, and has been licensed to practice since 1991. She has a strong background in research, psychological testing and psychotherapy. Webb has been the Director of three large outpatient clinics over the course of her career. She currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, MA, where she specializes in the treatment of couples and adolescents. Webb currently resides in the Boston area with her husband and two children.
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And it’s that “unnoticed” that’s part of the difficulty. “Childhood Emotional Neglect” may sound dramatic, but the point is, although it may derive from painful or traumatic experiences in childhood, it doesn’t have to. Well-meaning parents who themselves have difficulties with emotion, or whose circumstances mean they could not pay sufficient attention to a child, can result in that child missing out on essential emotional skills, such as learning to identify the source of anxiety, or how to properly express anger, or how to process sadness. And, as the main effect of CEN is to make you unaware of your own emotions, you can go through life feeling something is wrong, or that you lack something others have, but not being able to say what that “something” is. It’s as though everyone else were seeing in colour, and you just can’t understand what those reds, blues and greens they’re all talking about are.
Fortunately, there’s a solution. You can learn those missing emotional skills at any point in life. You can recover what was missing, because it never went away. I think Dr Webb has put her finger on an incredibly important idea, here, one that will provide a profound help to many people. It’s a real pity the idea of CEN isn’t more widely known.
The book is let down though in the second half a little... it is mostly comprised of Change Sheets that you are supposed to use to monitor your progress on a number of personal markers/traits to see your recovery from CEN...
This format may work for some - but not me. My counsellor says that there are better books on CEN than this one...