How Lasting is the Impact of Emotional Abuse in Childhood?

I’ve worked for a long time on rebuilding self-esteem, though I’ve never been sure whether the lack of it contributed to depression or the depression killed off the self-esteem. It hardly matters. When I was a kid, that confident, robust me, sure of who he was, feeling like a whole person, apparently never made it off the drawing boards. Whatever happened back in childhood filled the psychic space that was trying to be me with […] Read the rest»