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Signs You Grew Up in a Toxic Family

Family is constructed and often represented as the core institution in a person’s life. Although familial relationships can be tough, healthy families should remain a support system through the good, bad, and ugly.

However, this isn’t the case for all families. Some experience mental, emotional, or physical abuse from family. Others struggle with navigating relationships among narcissistic or even psychopathic family members. Help your relationships (along with your mental well-being) and figure out if you grew up in a toxic family situation as well as useful ways to cope.

You neglect your own emotional needs

A woman sits at a park using her phone.

A woman sits at a park using her phone. Looking after others is great, but doesn’t leave much room for self-care. | M-imagephotography/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Many adults who were raised in an unhealthy family are out of touch with their emotional needs. This can be a result of feeling obliged to continue toxic relationships against one’s best interest.

In an article by the HuffPost, clinical psychologist Sherrie Campbell notes that children of all ages that come from toxic families are “emotionally starved.” This is often a result of a family dynamic that revolves around the wants and needs of the toxic family member. It’s important to combat this potential neglect by setting aside time to identify what makes you feel healthy emotionally.