Emotional Neglect: What We Accomplished!
This morning I started thinking about this past year, taking stock of the progress we’ve made in getting more people to know and think and talk about Emotional Neglect.
I have been amazed and honored by the support that you have all offered. Without your Tweets and Retweets, comments and questions, posts and Likes and shares, the concept of CEN would have reverted right back to where it came from: the white space.
Here are some of our accomplishments
- Hundreds of new subscribers have signed up to follow the Emotional Neglect Newsletter.
- Webb Connection has grown to over 3,200 followers who are engaged and active on the Page.
- The Emotional Neglect YouTube channel has had almost 100,000 views.
- The book Running on Empty has grown in popularity, has sales over 40,000 copies.**please note that “sales” are not about money since the book is not a money-making venture; the number of books sold are simply a reflection of growth and interest in the topic.
- The new Ask Dr. Webb Page is reaching thousands of people a month.
- Running on Empty now has 280 reviews on Amazon, and a rating of 4.72 stars. Each review helps more people find the concept, and offers them a path to healing and stopping the CEN cycle.
Even though we may never have met in person, we form a community of our own. We are linked by a common interest and a common purpose. Healing and moving forward, stopping the cycle. Your help means a lot to me. Let’s keep working together throughout the year to educate and understand and overcome CEN.
Happy New Year from me to you. Wishing you the best!
To learn more about Childhood Emotional Neglect, see my first book Running on Empty.
Thank you Dr. Webb for championing the address of Childhood Emotional Neglect. I’ve always known my emotionally abandoned childhood and adolescence leveled my self esteem and trust. Today, I’m beginning to see how these two injuries in turn fueled: depression, anxiety, PTSD, job insecurity, low income/aspiration, and wiped out ANY chance of dating/intimacy for the first 40 years of my life.
And some people say Childhood Emotional Neglect isn’t a big deal. I’d say, experience it demolishing the first 45 years of your life and then tell me “it isn’t some huge crushing thing.”
I’ve survived it, which brings to mind a metaphor I’ve been playing with recently. Maybe we’re all the story of two pictures. One, a painting of who we truly are. An unchanging, beautiful portrait of our true character, our talent and potential that will never change, even if our lives are so twisted that we never discover it, much less become it.
The other, a photograph that captures the nature of our experience in life. For some, this photograph tells the story of the discovery of that painting. Parents looking deeply into the eyes of their child in wonder, amazement and a sense of profound love.
For others like myself, the photo is more like a high-speed raceway blowout that sends flaming wreckage over the safety wall into a crowd of screaming people trampling each other to escape the carnage. “Suffering is a reality here,” our old friend once said sitting under a tree somewhere far away.
This nightmare photo can easily hide that work of art from us, or distort how we see it. But, it’s always there. It never changes, and it can always be discovered, and brought forward.
Happy New Year! – G.Jerome 2016