Signs Of A Toxic Mother-Daughter Relationship

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Toxic relationships can deeply affect us at any age, but our greatest period of vulnerability exists in childhood.

A toxic mother-child relationship influences us throughout our adult lives if not dealt with in a healthy manner. The first step is recognizing the signs.

1. You Harbor Negative Emotions

A mother being kissed on her cheeks by her two daughters.
Unsplash / leah hetteberg
Unsplash / leah hetteberg

If you’ve acknowledged your mother’s maltreatment, then you’ve also acknowledged how it makes you feel. When you’re confronted with thoughts of your mother, a cauldron of negative emotions boils within you.

These negative emotions are often some mixture of dread, fear, anxiety, rejection, suffocation, or generalized emotional pain. You have a tough time identifying with friends and associates who derive pleasure from their relationships with their moms.

You might even fantasize about what it would be like to have a mother who evokes positive and loving feelings.

If you excuse your mother’s behavior, then you’re suppressing your negative emotions and still shouldering some of the blame. You might say:

· I wasn’t an easy kid to raise.