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Can childhood neglect affect your sensitivity levels as an adult?

Question: Dear Dr. Orloff:

Can childhood neglect affect your sensitivity levels as an adult? I feel I might have a histrionic personality disorder caused by neglect and verbal abuse as I take everything too personally. Is there anything that I can do to help myself?
Thanks,
Barbra
Raleigh, NC


Answer: Dear Barbra:

Childhood neglect can have a profound effect on your emotional energy. Often it makes you very sensitive and open to your environment, sometimes too much so. Then it might seem that you "over-react" but really your empathy has been finely tuned by the trauma. Use some of the shielding and grounding techniques I prescribe for empaths in Emotional Freedom. Also I'm a big believer in surrogate parenting. If you didn't get the nurturing from your parents, find adults in your current life who can love and nurture you as parents would.
Best,
Judith

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