What is emotional or covert incest?
Emotional or covert incest is a type of abuse in which a parent looks to their child for the emotional support that would be normally provided by another adult. While the relationship may not be sexual in an overt nature, it may involve discussions about relationships and sex that are way above the developmental age of a child and therefore can cause similar types of affects later in life as overt incest.
The term itself has been controversial although as someone who has survived both, I can assure you that from my perspective both have left equally as great a mark on my life.
You can read more about my experience with covert incest here: themighty.com/2020/08/difference-between-covert-incest-and-incest
Have you experienced this type of abuse? How has it affected your life as an adult?