The phrase “emotionally immature parent” is used to describe parents who are unable or unwilling to support their children emotionally. These parents can be controlling, demanding, and unreliable. They may use guilt or shame to make their children feel bad about themselves in order for their behaviors to go unchecked. According to experts, these are the signs that indicate emotionally immature parents: Joyce Marter, LCPC Licensed Psychotherapist | Author, The Financial Mindset Fix: A Mental Fitness Program for an Abundant Life
Emotional immaturity can be the result of insecure attachments during early life experiences, trauma, and/or lack of deeper introspection or work on oneself. When we work on ourselves through self-reflective practices such as psychotherapy or counseling, spiritual exploration, or self-help programs such as the one provided in my new book, we develop emotional maturity and emotional intelligence (EQ). Emotional maturity and EQ involve self-awareness, empathy, emotional self-regulation, conscious communication, collaboration, creative problem solving, and effective conflict resolution.