Abandonment fears often stem from childhood loss, such as the loss of a parent through death or divorce, but they can also result from inadequate physical and emotional care.Women who struggle with abandonment fear are at a higher risk of relationship dissatisfaction because they would rather be in a dysfunctional relationship than be alone.
While sitting at a café recently, I witnessed an interaction between a father and daughter that continues to give me all the feels.
The truth of it is: We have our own version of father issues (and mother issues, too, for that matter).
Most of us are working through a variety of issues and will continue to repeat negative relationship behaviors until we wake up to our patterns and change them.
In childhood, validation helps us feel and express our emotions, develop a secure sense of self, gain confidence, feel connected to our parents, and have better relationships in adulthood.
If a child doesn’t get enough attention or doesn’t feel valued, especially in her relationship with her dad, she will grow up and seek that attention from other men as an adult.