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“If you had a caregiver who was not emotionally attuned to you, it can cause inconsistencies in your relationship with yourself. This is why attachment and early childhood experiences matter. Your relationship with your parents really does set the stage for how you are going to relate to yourself.” – Terri Cole



Do you ever wonder if your relationship with your mother (or maternal impactor) is “normal”? Are you curious about how it has affected you as an adult? 

Mother-daughter relationships can be complicated and in this episode, I’m breaking down the 7 types of dynamics I’ve seen the most in my 25 years as a psychotherapist, plus the lasting impact each type has on emotions and behaviors in adulthood.


  • Types of parent-child dyamics:
    • 03:22 Role-Reversed
    • 04:38 Inconsistent
    • 07:08 Self-Obsessed
    • 10:19 “Best friend”
    • 14:43 Perfectionist
    • 17:22 Good enough
    • 19:20 Unloving and neglectful

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Find the downloadable guide I made to go along with today’s episode here.

If Mother’s Day is hard for you because you had a difficult relationship with your maternal impactor, consider giving yourself the gift of my Mother Wound course.

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