Consequences of love withdrawal

There isn’t a lot of scientific research on love withdrawal, but the few studies that exist turn up consistent findings: Children on the receiving end tend to have lower self-esteem. They display signs of poorer emotional health overall and may even be more apt to engage in delinquent acts. If we consider a broader category of “psychological control” on the part of parents, older children who are treated this way are more likely than their peers to be depressed.

But the most striking long-term effect of love withdrawal is fear. Even as young adults, people who are treated that way by their parents are still likely to be unusually anxious. They tend to display a significant fear of failure. Their relationships tend to show a need to avoid attachment.

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