Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.

8 Types Of Toxic Patterns In Mother-Daughter Relationships – Peg Streep, Psychology Today Article



This article focusses on emotional abuse, toxic and disordered mothers inflict on their daughters.

It is sad when you read through insightful articles, and realise you are ticking all the types of toxic behaviours and as you go down the list.

It is important the ‘parentification’ (role reversed) abuse, is highlighted as not commonly known or talked about. It is a deep form of neglect and abuse, rarely understood.

My mother is a deeply toxic, disordered, sick, unwell, intentionally abusive woman. And I have no guilt in saying that anymore. There were more abusive behaviours from my mother, than detailed in this article.

And it is needed to be understood – other types of abuse can cause even greater damage, like physical abuse and sexual abuse/sexual exploitation and often to far greater depths, because they are combined with this emotional abuse.

It is an act of self compassion and healing, to state and know the truth. As only then can you begin to truly heal and grieve.

So, for those who choose to harm/shame a survivor of toxic parents more, by suggesting ‘you should not think that way about your mother’, or throw Bible verses at people about ‘honouring thy mother and father’, or suggest no contact is wrong – stop and please educate yourself about childhood trauma and abuse.

Unless educated and capable of empathy, ‘advice’ usually causes more harm and more shame.

Which is why I always suggest trauma focussed therapy, with someone highly experienced, highly educated in trauma and with a great deal of empathy and insight.

Author: Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

I am a survivor of complex and multiple trauma and abuse, who at the age of 40, began my healing journey. I am using my journey to recovery and healing, to help others, to help survivors feel less alone, validated, encouraged and to enable others to understand themselves more. Complex trauma, particularly from severe, prolonged childhood abuse, is profoundly life changing. Complex trauma produces complex adults. The journey to recovery is a painful, often lonely, emotional daily challenge and it is my aim to encourage others in their daily battle.

2 thoughts on “8 Types Of Toxic Patterns In Mother-Daughter Relationships – Peg Streep, Psychology Today Article

  1. Keep sharing your story as it will help heal others to the recovery you’re experiencing from the trauma of your childhood. Blessing to you.

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