In childhood, I often found myself in one of three situations:
1. Having to talk a parent or guardian “down off the ledge,” in attempts to deescalate their personal (adult) situations, so I could avoid more psychological trauma.
2. Trying to open a respectful and calm dialogue to share feelings with a parent/guardian, only to be shunned, shot down, gaslit (“gas-lighted”?), ignored, or outright attacked.
3. Left to comfort or soothe myself, navigating difficult, confusing, and damaging situations on my own.
TLDR: If you can relate to anything even remotely similar to the above, you need to read Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents (ACEIP).