Lindsay Gibson: Disentangling from Emotionally Immature People

Season #1

We often mention on The Happy Hour that relationships are one of the key factors determining happiness and health across our lifespan. But what if some of those relationships are with people who are emotionally immature? Whether it’s a boss, a sibling, a parent, or anyone else in our lives, these relationships can leave us feeling frustrated, misunderstood, drained, and worse. So how can we disentangle from these challenging dynamics, set healthy limits, and avoid experiencing the dreaded “brain scramble” (a term you’ll soon learn) when interacting with these challenging sorts of people?

We explore those questions and more with our guest in today’s show, Dr. Lindsay Gibson. Lindsay is a clinical psychologist and author specializing in helping people cope with emotionally immature people. Her newest book is titled “Disentangling from Emotionally Immature People” and helps readers identify the red flags of emotional immaturity in others and how to address these challenging relationships in everyday life. Her previous books include the bestseller “Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents,” a runaway hit that’s sold over 800,000 copies to date.

In our conversation with Lindsay, we explore the characteristics of emotionally immature people, how to identify the key warning signs, and how you can disentangle from them in ways that are in line with your values and goals. Conversely, we also discuss some of the hallmarks of emotionally mature relationships, and what to look for in a healthy relationship. We learned so much in our conversation with Lindsay, and hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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