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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

Apr 25, 2023

Dr. Lindsay Gibson, author of Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, and Recovering from Emotionally Immature Parents explains why it’s harder to deal with Emotionally Immature People (EIPs) around get togethers, and the likely pitfalls.  She talks about how to plan and prepare so the experience is healthy for you. She also explains why you may become paralyzed or feel like a small child around your family. Dr. Gibson talks about how to take care of yourself, and how to set boundaries.


Lindsay Gibson, PsyD.


5 Hallmarks of an Emotionally Immature Parent/Person (EIP)

1.    Egocentric

2.    Poor empathy

3.    Not self-reflective

4.    Look at reality through the lens of their own emotions

5.    Avoids emotional intimacy

Here are some of the questions Dr. Gibson responds to:


Recap of what is an Emotionally Immature Parent (EIP) (or Emotionally Immature Person)?

Is there something about holiday get togethers that makes it harder to deal with Emotionally Immature family members?

What are the steps in planning to make the holiday visit as healthy as possible?

What are the likely pitfalls to be ready for? How do you deal with them?

Why do you often become immobilized or silent like scared children, rather than standing up for yourself in the face of Emotionally Immature behavior?

How do you set your boundaries when someone is getting upset with you for saying no?


Lindsay Gibson, PsyD. has been a licensed clinical psychologist for over thirty years and specializes in individual adult psychotherapy with adult children of emotionally immature parents. She is the author of four books. Her book Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents remains a #1 Amazon Best Seller. The follow up to this book is Recovering from Emotionally Immature Parents, and the 2nd edition of her first book Who You Were Meant To Be has been recently released on Amazon. Her latest book, Self Care for Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, was just released in September 2021In the past Dr. Gibson has served as an adjunct assistant professor teaching doctoral psychology students.


Patricia Young hosts the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive, and she works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them to understand their HSP traits, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate the amazing gifts they have to offer. Patricia works globally online with HSPs providing coaching. Patricia also facilitates online groups for HSPs that focus on building community and developing skills (identifying your superpowers, boundaries, perfectionism, dealing with conflict, mindfulness, embracing emotions, creating a lifestyle that supports the HSP, communication and more).


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