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Thus it is thought that a parent emotionally neglects a child when the parent fails to show the child the level of affection or attention that, as a parent, she should even when she may be providing for the physical needs of the child such as food, health care, clothing, and shelter Emotional neglect is also distinct from emotional abuse.
Emotional abuse as distinct from physical abuse involves abusive commissions, that is, doing things to another that can be emotionally hurtful or traumatizing for example, name-calling, badgering, or constantly complaining ; whereas emotional neglect involves neglectful omissions, that is, omitting to do things that tend to promote emotional well-being.
In this blog I will investigate the conditions under which a life partner married or unmarried can be said to emotionally neglect the other, that is, the conditions under which one is justified in concluding that the life partner is not providing the emotional support that he or she should.
The determination of emotional neglect is open-textured, that is, like other value judgments, the concept is inherently vague, and there are, therefore, borderline cases, which are indeterminable or subject to rational disagreement. Nevertheless, there is logic to the justification of judgments about emotional neglect.
Such justification is a function of the purpose of the relationship itself. These conditions clearly include emotional support such as providing affection and understanding as appropriate.
Similarly, the purpose of a marriage or life partnership also involves an emotional support system. True, there are marriages of convenience, which aim at specialized functions, for example, collecting benefits or attaining citizenship.
However, these relationships are parasitic off of the primary relationship, which is one based on emotional support. Depending on the parties to the relationship, the level of emotional support and engagement requisite to making the relationship work may vary. For example, two rather unaffectionate partners may require less emotional support than on average.
Thus the value judgment about how much emotional support a partner should be providing can be, to a significant extent, contextually relative. Still, there are clear cases of emotional neglect.
Thus, a persistent habit or disposition of complete or almost complete lack of physical contact would ordinarily fall below the minimum emotional support of what the life partner should be providing. So, what things should a life partner do in providing the emotional support he should be providing?
These would be forms of emotional support most people would agree on as reasons for constituting a marriage or life partnership. They would include physical, behavioral, as well as cognitive forms of emotional support.
Physical forms include intimate exchanges of affection such as hugging, kissing, touching, and sexual contact. Behavioral forms include actions that show caring or being there for the other, such as spending time with the other, or helping the other out of a difficult situation.
Cognitive forms involve such things as having patience, listening, providing feedback on problems of living, and empathizing. Typically, emotional support involves a combination of physical, behavioral, and cognitive aspects, and the package of support may be greater than the sum of its parts.
It is also true that there are "different strokes for different folks. Further, being emotionally neglectful, considered as a personal attribute or character traitinvolves a habit of failing to provide the emotional support that one should, given the purpose of the relationship.
Thus, a life partner who occasionally acts in emotionally neglectful ways for example, refuses to have sex or acts detached and unfriendly after a marital spat is not necessarily emotionally neglectful, even though he or she may have acted as such on certain occasions.
Only when such actions rise to the level of a disposition or habit can one properly be called emotionally neglectful. Quite clearly, however, even those of us who are not emotionally neglectful can often stand to lessen the occasions on which we are emotionally neglectful.
So, is your life partner emotionally neglectful? While answering this question may require discretion, you should now have some guidelines for rationally addressing it: Is the emotional support system in your life partnership relatively one-sided you provide, or attempt to provide, emotional support for your partner, but not conversely?
Is your partner in a habit of failing to be emotionally supportive? Are your expectations regarding emotional support reasonable, that is, what most people would generally expect from a functional life partnership? If your response to each of the above five questions is yes, then you have reasonable belief that you are in an emotionally neglectful relationship.
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