How many of us can find things on this list we are familiar with from our experience as adoptees?
Narcissistic Parents or caregivers who display rejecting behavior toward a child will often [purposefully or unconsciously] let a child know, in a variety of ways, that he or she is unwanted. Putting down a child’s worth or belittling their needs is one form these types of emotional abuse may take. Other examples can include telling a child to leave or worse, to get out of your face, calling him names or telling the child that he is worthless, making a child the family scapegoat or blaming him for family/sibling problems. Refusing to talk to or holding a young child as he or she grows can also be considered abuse.
- constant criticism
- telling child he/she is ugly
- yelling or swearing at the child
- frequent belittling and use of labels such as “stupid” or “idiot”
- constant demeaning jokes
- verbal humiliation
- constant teasing about child’s body type and/or weight
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