Colette Dowling, the author of Love and Emotional Hunger (below) has written many books on women's emotional issues. She has a psychotherapy practice in Manhattan.
You can reach Colette for more information or a free consultation at 718-594-0201 or dowlingcolette@earthlinknet.
Can you tell the difference between love and emotional hunger?
What Are Some Signs of Emotionally Hungry Parenting?
Parents who are capable of loving can maintain boundaries. The child of such parents feels and looks loved and is deeply secure.
By comparison, children of hungry parents develop reciprocal hunger. They're overly dependent and emotionally volatile. They develop clinging behavior and are afraid to explore the environment.
Emotionally hungry parenting puts children "on the take", in other words. Such children feel deprived. What is given to them never feels like enough. The emotionally hungry adult may be afraid of having children for fear of being further emptied.
Questions for Assessing Your Own Level of Emotional Hunger:
A person who suffers from emotional hunger doesn't feel loved.
The things that stand in the way of feeling love can come to be understood and repaired, in psychotherapy.
Once trust with a therapist is established the chain of intergenerational hunger can be broken.
NY psychotherapist Colette Dowling is a graduate of The Smith College School for Social Work and has completed training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
She has special training in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma
Colette has written eight books and is best known for uncovering women's psychological conflicts with independence in her best-seller, The Cinderella Complex:
Colette has a private practice in Manhattan and specializes in the treatment of women. Her office is located on Lower Fifth, in the Flatiron district of Manhattan.
For information or a free consultation you may reach Colette at firstname.lastname@example.org., or by calling 718-594-0201.
To hear Colette talk about what it's like starting therapy with a new therapist click below.
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