EP 454: Navigating the Father Wound with Mariel

In this episode, Christine helps Mariel navigate the complex feelings following a breakup that has left her struggling to move on. Despite ending the relationship almost a year ago, Mariel finds herself still emotionally entangled and unable to let go. Christine delves into the deeper issues stemming from Mariel’s childhood, particularly her relationship with her father, to uncover the root causes of her emotional struggle.

Summary: Mariel ended a relationship due to her partner’s addiction issues, but she is finding it disproportionately difficult to move on. Christine explores the deeper emotional wounds from Mariel’s childhood, especially those related to her father, which may be contributing to her current emotional state. The conversation reveals the importance of addressing and healing childhood wounds to move forward in adult relationships.

Consider/Ask Yourself:

  • Is there something on your mind you can’t let go of, whether it’s a relationship or something else?
  • Have you been in a relationship with someone who had many good qualities but one major deal breaker?
  • Do you often project your feelings or handling of situations onto others?
  • Do you truly believe you are worthy of the kind of love you desire?

Guest Insights:

  • Mariel feels confused about why she is struggling so much to move on from a relatively short relationship.
  • The relationship ended due to her partner’s addiction, a pattern familiar from her previous marriage.
  • Despite setting boundaries and ending the relationship, Mariel finds herself still emotionally attached and missing her ex-partner.
  • Mariel has a history of attracting men who cannot process their emotions healthily, reflecting unresolved issues with her father.

Aha Moments:

  • Christine points out the importance of addressing the deeper issues from Mariel’s childhood to move on.
  • Mariel recognizes that her ex-partner’s addiction and avoidance are reminiscent of her father’s emotional unavailability and anger.
  • Understanding that her struggle is more about her own unresolved issues than about the ex-partner helps Mariel see the situation more clearly.

How to Get Over It and On With It:

  • Identify and confront the truths about the past relationship to move on from the fantasy.
  • Work on healing the father wound and improving self-worth.
  • Focus on developing a nurturing relationship with the inner child to address unmet emotional needs.
  • Prioritize self-love and boundaries to avoid falling into similar patterns in future relationships.


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