Episode 49: Emotional Estrangement

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There’s a special type of pain reserved for parents who still have contact with their adult children, but feel disconnected anyway.

Tina calls this sense of distance “emotional estrangement,” meaning that the distance between you and your child is not physical, but emotional.

This condition can happen following a physical estrangement, or it can constitute the estrangement itself.

In this episode, Tina posits 5 potential sources of emotional estrangement:

  1. An elephant in the room
  2. Feeling like strangers
  3. Hurt feelings
  4. Life circumstances
  5. Implicit boundary setting

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