EMOTIONAL ABUSE Enmeshment LINDA C J TURNER Q & A with #LindaCJTurner

Q & A – What is pathological enmeshment?

Pathological enmeshment is a term used in psychology to describe a dysfunctional and unhealthy form of attachment between individuals, often within families. It occurs when there is an extreme and unhealthy level of emotional involvement and dependency between individuals, where boundaries between them are blurred or non-existent.

In pathological enmeshment, there is a lack of individual autonomy and independence, and personal identity may become fused with that of another person or group. This can lead to an unhealthy and symbiotic relationship dynamic, where one person’s emotional needs or desires are subjugated to those of the other person.

Pathological enmeshment can result in negative outcomes for those involved, including a lack of healthy emotional and psychological boundaries, difficulty in separating from others, and an inability to form healthy relationships outside of the enmeshed dynamic. It can also lead to feelings of guilt, anxiety, and emotional distress when attempting to establish boundaries or assert independence.

Pathological enmeshment is often associated with dysfunctional family dynamics, particularly in families with overprotective, controlling, or narcissistic parents. It can also occur in romantic relationships or other close relationships where one person dominates or controls the other’s emotional well-being. Therapy or counseling may be helpful in addressing pathological enmeshment and developing healthy boundaries and relationship dynamics.

By Linda C J Turner

Coaching and Therapy
Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy.
Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist.
REIKI Master.
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