Childhood emotional neglect is incredibly hard for the neglected individual to identify because it’s not a memory of an event that occurred. It’s actually the lack of an event. How can one identify the lack of something when that is all they know, therefore they dont know they are lacking it? They are left with the symptoms of this but not the identity of why. It is very very common for alienated children to suffer with this type of neglect, but they unfortunately misinterpret the source of their symptoms as the “rejected” parent, when its actually the distorted parenting practices of the “alienating” parent.