Men With a Mother Complex

by Peter Milhado PHD on July 24, 2012


woman2There are quite a few men who never grow up and get stuck in adolescence. In research I did many moons ago, I found these ‘eternal adolescents’ usually had fathers who were either partially or totally absent.

Others had fathers who were weak or passive, which left the upbringing totally to the mothers. Over the years I’ve worked with many single mothers and I believe many of them to be the true heroes in our society – their sacrifice and dedication is unfathomable.

In this article, however, I want to explore mother-son relationships, where the mother has been wounded herself. There are some mothers who eroticized the relationship. Son becomes consort, confidant, or “lover”. This relationship between mother and her ‘little man’ results in sexual energy being cathected very early in life and this is constantly reinforced. A high sex drive, with a need for immediate gratification, compulsive masturbation, Don Juanism and hyper-sexuality can often be traced to the mother–son relationship.

In addition, being the recipient of this kind of attention by the mother-goddess tremendously inflates the son. He is convinced that he is ‘extraordinarily special’, which leads to all the complications and sufferings later in life that neurotic vanity and grandiosity bring. Inflation and grandiosity never come without the opposite pole, namely deflation and depression. Since the sexuality is never consummated and since mother does have a relationship with father, brother or another man, the son is left feeling abandoned and betrayed. He constantly alternates between victory and defeat.

Delusions of superiority are followed by feelings of inferiority. He is left with a dilemma – he desperately needs a woman, as his self-esteem is dependent on her adoration, yet no woman can be trusted. There are some other mothers who spoil their sons and who can’t separate between “I love you’ and “I want you to love me” or “I love you” and “I want the satisfaction you can bring me”. What she doesn’t know is there is a concealed egotism behind her ‘altruism’ (Harding). Her own inability to say no to him is her own inability to say no to herself. She denies seeing her own selfishness and softness. As society sees this attitude of indulgence as a virtue, it is hard to see its true character. Mother appears admirable, sacrificing her own comforts for his. It is only later, when the son’s total lack of self-discipline, his inability to live responsibly, that the true nature of his upbringing is revealed. The son, who cannot resist this psychological seduction, is robbed of his individuality as a man.

There are still other mothers who are too domineering and don’t allow their sons enough space to explore and develop a sense of independence. They interfere incessantly and control their behavior. They overprotect him from real or imagined dangers where it would be better to let him test his capabilities and face life’s challenges. Through this attitude, a mother enhances her son’s fear of women and saps his masculine confidence. To adapt, he takes on a false mask, which is moderated in response to the demands of mother and doesn’t meet the needs of his inner life. Whereas spoiling mothers devour their sons whole, the domineering mothers are often more selective, they go for the will or the genitals. In both cases, the son’s dependent and masculine identity is injured, leaving him weak and dependent on others to provide for him. Behind this dependence lies a smoldering rage, which is usually directed against the self (i.e. depression and anxiety) and other people in a passive-aggressive way.

The treatment I’m familiar with for men with the above mentioned mother complex is soul-centered psychotherapy. This inner work helps men become conscious not only of their neurotic relationship to their mother, but also and most importantly on how they make inappropriate demands and project neurotic expectations on their wives. Unconscious men either idealize or demonize women. If the man with a mother complex idealizes his woman, she feels suffocated and realizes he is not in an intimate relationship with her true self at all – it’s not personal. If he unfairly devalues and demonizes his wife, she will leave him (unless she is neurotic herself). Most men with unconscious mother complexes do both – they initially worship and later on demonize their women.

Dr. Peter Milhado  © 2012

{ 79 comments… read them below or add one }

Josh July 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Interesting. After the age of typical psychological development, is it ever too late to find a father-figure and turn that erotic feeling for the mother into a genuine expression of love for other women?

Peter Milhado PHD July 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

no it s not impossible but it s damned hard work

Gustavo December 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

A mother complex could explain a man’s attraction for women with dominant personalities, even if his mother herself wasn’t a dominant type but more like an overprotective one?

Peter Milhado PHD December 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm

same thing

Chloe January 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

So, basicaly, dating or marrying someone with this complex is a “damned if you, damned if you don’t relationship pattern”, filled with resentment etc.

Lucas February 12, 2013 at 1:18 am

Yep Cloe I tried to do someting with it myself but it’s damned hard work, this article is so true and sad as well

Lucas February 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

And I think from my own perspective it’s barely impossible to change it, my true nature is to do nothing, and when it’s too bad or hard I feel so weak and want to get back to mom, there are only moments which last not so long when I feel totally independent person, I got too much good and somewhere else I dont feel it’s so attractive to me, because you must work, talk to other people, do things with them, realize you aren’t special, frustration comes out but I am to weak to show other people how I dont need them, because I need them to be there or I feel scarred, it’s too bad to get better

Primitive March 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm

An italian businessman retained me for consulting for his company that wanted to go public.
He took me to many meetings at these little Italian espresso bars for about 6 months.
I waited for the business plan but nothing was provided and nothing materialized other than these waste of time meetings.
The Italian then demanded his retainer back from the billable hours.
I refused. He then brought several thugs to my home to try to intimidate me into giving back my consulting fees.
I invited them in very calmly and went into the kitchen to prepare sandwiches and coffee.
I immediatly dialed directory assistance for the man’s mother’s home phone number.
I got her on the telephone explaining that I was about to call the cops and have her son arrested for criminal harrassment. I explained that I too was a mother of two sons and how I wanted to prevent that from happening to her son and her family’s good name.
She told me to give the phone to her son to speak to him.
All I heard was lots of yelling and then saw five Italian thugs get up from my dining room table and high tail it out of there never to return.
If someone gives you trouble, call their mother.

Peter Milhado PHD April 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm


Tony May 7, 2013 at 1:48 am

Hi Peter

What’s the first step for a man who finds himself in this predicament?

Myrna May 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

I am the wife of man, who is admittedly and proud of being extremely dominant. At work he feels the need to correct others and influence the senior leaders/VP’s that his way is the ‘right’ way. He is a supervisor and often discounts the manager (male) who he works for. He always believes and says that he is smarter than the manager and the senior leaders don’t respect the manager like they do him.
We separated for a short time and have been trying to get counselling for a lack of communication problem, in our marriage. We both had very busy jobs, and he had an affair that lasted over 3 years with his admin assistant. When I found out, he said it was my fault because I wasn’t ‘available’, was ‘too busy’ with work, didn’t want to have sex enough, ‘sex wasn’t interesting enough’, just didn’t do what ‘he’ was telling me to do at work in order to succeed.
Now that I am working on my own self, improving my own emotional intelligence, developing my own friends and interests, he seems to be depressed and drinks alot. The domination has become a focus for him and he is only happy when he is ‘leading / directing’ a group of people, the way he thinks things should be. Other than that, he is not socializing with friends, neighbours, just for the fun of it.
As the only child, his father was not emotionally available and had little physical time with him. His mother over compensated and even today, uses him as her confidant. When he is down, he calls her and shares. He is most loving and sharing with her. He doesn’t want to share emotion with me nor hear my feelings. Yet he will with her.
We are going to visit for a week soon and I’m not sure I can handle all the domination. What I’ve read is bang on and scares me!

Blurr May 27, 2013 at 7:20 am

Hello Dr. I met someone where the relationship couldn’t go any further after a couple of months. I believe this is the reason. I wanted to tell him but I know it is not for me to tell, he needs to understand for himself… How do I start that? How do I subtly, non intrusively, have him start to ask himself the right questions?

Ari June 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

this is my life story. as for that phrase “it’s a hard work”, that seems to be no problem to me personally, because it’s a harder work to live like that. thank you for the post!

melody July 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I am the neurotic woman who won’t leave the domineering man. My “boyfriend” found a father figure 1year into our relationship and everything changed between us. Sex stopped, he started smoking cigarettes, his personality changed. He has since “broken up” with that horribly abusive man and continues to look for new male friends to fill the void.
we’ve been together nearly 6 years now and have a child together. I’m so confused and torn between wanting to leave yet am frozen with fear of being on my own financially and breaking up my son’s family.
“Boyfriend” is so convincing with shallow words of commitment “we’ll get married when the time is right”, “I still love you, hang in there-I’ll come around. ” “if only you were nicer to me, i’d be nice to you.”) and I just continue to believe everything he says, I stuff my feelings and then explode.

roswrite September 2, 2013 at 12:10 am

Surely the pain of living on your own and looking after yourself and your son would be more fulfilling (ultimately) than living with someone who sounds very abusive and who doesn’t care about or for you–or his son. I write this as someone who left a similar mother complex(ed) man and has had a history of them. I agree with what Dr Milhado writes: “Her own inability to say no to him is her own inability to say no to herself. She denies seeing her own selfishness and softness. As society sees this attitude of indulgence as a virtue, it is hard to see its true character.”
For me this is the crux of what I need to work on in myself–I have to deal with my dependency on men who have no real interest in me, which comes from my own lack of father or other good enough man in my early life. A helpful book, which shows how you might start to have your own life is, “Men who hate women, and the women who love them”. It’s worth saying “NO” and start living, living your own life–the most precious thing! Courage!

Nicole October 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm

I do identify with this being in a relationship with a man, whos mother is very dominant. Oh what a disaster he is in relationships with women. He has lost his sense of self blames and then also plays the victim. Is not able to take responsibility for his own floppy boundaries and is not able to feel his own feelings. Is very dependent, and wow my life has improved since I put some distance between us. He creates drama, makes up stories and I believe underneath is seething with anger, which he is not aware of actually.

Patrick December 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

This is me.

Gracy December 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

Have lived 7 years with such a neurotic person. You never succeed in your relationship No matter how hard you try. You end up fighting with the mother in law and there is constant rift with your spouse. Moreover the atmosphere at home is like your watching some very dirty relation live. You feel like you are the outsider. There is sign language always. And the mother behaves more possessive and weird and more like a lover than a mother. And you feel the life like a trap. And in certain cultures you have to stay with your mother in law post marriage, and when your husband is a puppet in his mothers hands you hardly get a new life. But through the years you have to grow strong and you get monetary benefits in the relationship and nothing beyond that. As mentioned he is into compulsive masturbation. And my daughter and I have suffered and lost our peace of mind in this mutual adoration society. There’s no love or compassion for the wife but she is demonised and abused.

John May 21, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Oh god, this is me!

Never have I read something so accurate of myself. The inflicting anger on self, the feelings of superiority and then inferiority, feeling like I’m extraordinarily special, but then feeling like an egotistical naive idiot and becoming depressed, fear of women. I’ve both idolised and demonised women. Want to love a woman but can’t trust any woman. Sometimes I dunno who the hell I am, what I am, lost my individuality? Wish my mother hadn’t overprotected me!!! Isolating myself because I am scared I’m so broken inside that it’ll hurt someone else. So I’ve always felt so alone all the time, even when not. Dependant on parents, mother’s sacrificing…

Feel so twisted, like morals and desires are conflicting and neither will back down… been 10 years of this now.

Feel like I’ve made progress to get out out this rut of pain and despair, not there yet and feel like it will still be a couple of years longer, but feel like this has spread my awareness so I know how to make my next steps. Perhaps the availability of my same-sex parent through later life has healed me a little?

Steve August 2, 2014 at 9:45 pm

I had a very sick mother. She was domineering, posessive, controlling, castrating, boundary violating, physically and emotionally abusive, a food and collector addict, critical and judgemental – essentially a miserable, horribly unfulfilled woman whom I learned many years after her death, was basically frigid (yet my parents had 5 children!). She never found the strength to do anything about herself. I was so badly damaged by this (my father was virtually as bad) that, in the false self described above, I married in my mid-twenties and never consummated the marriage. I was married for 10 years.
I’ve spent 21 years, so far, living alone working on all of this and I have to say that, for me, I’ve not been ready to engage a relationship because it just takes so long for all of the junk to work itself out; to unravel, interpret, and understand my interior. What’s been the best for me is to live simply (I have a good job) and learn to keenly sense whenever the mother complex is activated (which is quite frequent; this is feeling-related work) and to process each experience carefully and attentively. I’d rather live alone, work with a therapist (I’ve had many), and devote my years to healing something that I was largely not responsible for causing. I couldn’t possibly have understood what all of this was about as a child. It has helped me to understand many other people (I’m not surprised at virtually anything anyone tells me). We don’t ask for this, but it is what reality has given some like me. It must be accepted and worked through and with hope and faith, perhaps life will emerge us enough into the light to find some wholeness, as do the Gepetto/Pinocchio archetypes viewed together as features within one man (the father and the son).

DWW August 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Sure rings my bell. My father was away a great deal and we had a very distant relationship with each other. And I had too much mother. This article sure discloses the nitty-gritty. Wish I could read more by the good doctor.

Steve August 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I sure wonder what type of competent help Robin Williams got in his process (if there was one). Lord only knows what sort of mother complex he had, but if my intuition serves me, the degree of inflation that he was living with must’ve been excruciating, as is hinted at in an article publised today on Yahoo! from Cary Fisher. He was really lonely as hell. One would think that some of the people that he worked with would’ve successfully validated him and become relational enough that he would’ve started to have found some of his own authentic soil
(no criticism implied whatsoever to Peter M.).

Ryan August 23, 2014 at 12:25 am

I am quite literally sexually attracted to my own mother. I very strongly want to have vaginal intercourse with her, and I masturbate very often to thoughts of having sex with her, memories of her naked body, or a large amount of pubic hair on women (something I distinctly remember her having from our baths together). I simply want to show my mother, physically, how much I love and appreciate her. I want her to feel my love with every thrust. I am not sure what to do, as it seems to be interfering with my desire to meet new women. I would rather stay home and fantasize about my mother and her body (I masturbate up to 20 times daily thinking about her, her body, or having vaginal intercourse with her). Please advise. (I assume I fit into 1 of these groups)

Steve August 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

You know, in my opinion (matter by person), I want to say that I think that this can be overcome with the help of steadfast, loving, understanding, patient others. For me, it’s involved a bunch of things – withdrawing my projections (beliefs/suppositions about others and life “out there” in general); working toward believing that I’m loveable (overcoming toxic shame, slowly, little bit by little bit); working to increase the belief that I’m attractive as I am (again, withdrawing the projection that I must be “like those out there”) which was one of the severe messages that I received from my mother (“How come you can’t be like him?! … how come you canl’t talk or look like him?!!); living simply so that I can focus on all of this; holding fast to the notion that I must put a roof over my head and survive and provide for myself, no matter the form(s) of abandonment I received (eg, my father telling me that I’d be a common criminal – these were actually his projects and were really about him). All of this TAKES TIME. We must accept that it happened. We cannot turn back to mother. That only exascerbates our problem. If we masturbate compulsively (one of my issues which is slowly abating), we continue to “have sex with her” so to speak. We may never completely understand her sexual transferrence, but we can understand a good bit of it – enough to differentiate from her. We must find more of the father’s world. You all have my compassion and love as brothers and sisters….

Steve September 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

One of the chief issues that I struggle with, as concerns authentic identity or perhaps, “the mask” that I wear is feeling that I’m grounded in the things that I say. My neediness is very difficult to control for me, at times. When I feel lonely, it’s often hard for me to identify it because it’s a “large” feeling for me. Because I felt it virtually all the time as a boy (abandoned, abused, used, bullied), loneliness is still a very difficult predicament for me. It helps to have a caring and understanding therapist, which I think that I have. I wanted to put this out there because number 1 – right now, I feel pretty lonely (even though I’m at work and around a bunch of people), and 2 -because I want those out there who are even courageous enough to admit to the struggles of the mother complex to know that they are NOT alone. We are here and we understand.

J Chris March 13, 2015 at 6:47 am

My introduction to ‘the female form’ at age 6-7 derailed my life. I had no real concept of sexuality, but accidentally entered a room to find my mother in the nude. Many things occured, suddenly and with much confusion. I was so awestruck by her beauty (this vision surely made the angels jealous) that I broke into a sort of celebration of this previously unknown miracle. Suddenly the tone went dark, and I had done something so terrible that I was sentenced to roam the earth in shame and guilt. As puberty arrived, spoting female beauty was painful, I struggled to repress innocent sexual attraction. While trying to understand unbearable guilt and shame for my heterosexuality, I spotted a pattern. While the woman I found appealing were unique, a common thread existed: they shared traits of that perfect goddess of the female form. But for some Puritanical beliefs, I wouldn’t still be in purgatory, now 40 years since my original exile. Exhaustive self-examination has largely revealed the inner details of this mess, and some psycho-social details hidden in plain sight. Intellectually the matter is now unerstood, but the scars remain, and while I so wish mother could be aware of some things that would SO GREATLY benefit us both and resolve some terribly harmful obstacles, the one poor attempt to approach the matter managed to end in assumption of Oedipal issues. Sex with my mom? Well I did have to examine many angles of my dilemma, and a proxy aspect does exist. In closing, I have acheived a thorough understanding of matters. Sadly, initial details required make reaching the ultimately simple explanation a task that I just can’t readily begin. Efforts to bring matters to the attention of Psychologists and Psychiatrists must be beyond their expertise! Guess I should lecture it.

Any suggestions on how to locate a Psychologist comfortable with the existence of human sexuality? I’ve completed the work, and it involves nothing too complex.

sofia May 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm

I loved and married a man with this. It started out sweet…like he just adored his man and was a family man. I thought that he would be a family man for us..his own wife and children. He was wonderful to me, he truly was. But I always felt that I was sharing him with his mother and she came first. He would have hidden communication with her and she literally didn’t even acknowledge my existence. He had this strong need to make her proud and happy and it came before all else. They even had secrets they would share and he had nothing to do with me when with her. But…when it was just us, he was a great husband but she’d want to interfere. He would struggle and would want to let her go but couldnt. It was like she had a hold on him. He ended up abandoning me for her…saying his parents are his family, not us. I have hoped he would come home and stop this but it seems impossible. It’s amazing how much he wanted to be a normal man but just couldn’t get away from her grip.

Peter Milhado PHD August 21, 2015 at 2:21 pm

give it up

Peter Milhado PHD August 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

ure on ure own

Peter Milhado PHD August 21, 2015 at 2:27 pm


Suzette August 31, 2015 at 9:40 pm

What are your impressions of a situation in which two brothers have different experiences in which the mother has the sexual transferential experience with one and is very critical of the other? Particularly interested in the brother who was not a part of the eroticized mother – son relationship.

Peter Milhado PHD September 13, 2015 at 3:13 pm

he ll set up being abanded all his life until he gets it

Peter Milhado PHD September 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm

a mother comp;lex is mosre poerful than any other

Andrew. November 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

When I was Younger I was was always very attracted to thoughts about intercourse with my mother Even to the point of masturbation. But I never felt that way again for a very Long time. Up until recently I have had a two month stretch now that I wake up first thing in the morning to the thoughts there of.. I get up and feel the Lust for sexual intercourse, if I just say how I feel, the thoughts really dissipate but if I harbor the secret then the desire grows. Im coming to believe that the thoughts are natural.The sickness is the dark quite I believe. the Masturbation the sniffing panties ect…Drug addictions porn.But Having had those Growing pains in adolescence then to break free.I believe created a black hole that is hiding inside of me. I am Ok with myself Love myself forgive myself. Ive been sober for two years now and been abstinent for 18+ months from any sexual activity and I am really able to accept myself just the way I am. Thank you Garren.

Anthony November 15, 2015 at 1:25 am

My relationhip with my mom from birth to 11yrs old inovled very little loving moments. She was very rough on me so i wasnt soft, but now being 35 i see i have a very hard time showing love to women in my life. Moved with my dad at 11 and my stepmom is the best image of a mom i have ever had. Problem is the 1st 11 years i cant take back. How do i overcome the issue im having with showing love i have to women when the 1st woman in my life didnt show me love. Need your help bad, i love my gf alot but i see how my ways may make her leave. Thank you in advance.

tracie January 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

Wow, very fascinating reads that took me on a roller coaster of emotions; feelings of confirmation & validation, then anger & resentment, then sadness which has all motivated me to continue the journey of exploring the complexities of “absent/neglectful father’s and their impact on daughters” and the “mother son” complex. The very thought of learning more about both topics is exciting yet very intimidating; I already know that knowledge and research into this is gong to compel me to do something to help!!! I believe that “helping” others is going to ultimately help me first, my son, brother, perhaps my father, and countless other known and unknown men and women who deprive themselves of experiencing humanity at its highest level as a norm not as an unusual awesome day ( when w live from our higher self perspective we routinely experience giving and receiving unconditional love, forgiveness, joy, trust, determination, integrity, humbleness, patience, and conscienceness, and many other non-tangibles that are indicative of one living and experiencing life through their “higher” self ) because of “mother” or “father” issues. let the journey begin esp since it seems as if knowledge of these topics and perhaps a lil work to help others becom conscience of these topics is the key to opening the door to my hearts desire: to be in companionship through the institution of marriage with “my” Beloved ( who is unknown to me as of today ). I have not attracted and kept in my intimate circle NOT 1 man who has a healthy relationship with their mother. My attractions have been mirrows of my own pain and sorrow of having a now “present” father who seemingly had no problem being absent up until I was 23!!! Some of the men have been more “mature” than others. This last brother I thought would’ve governed himself a lil better in relation with me because he was one of the few who admitted to being mistreated by their mothers and was conscience of the impact of that broken relationship with his mother on his past and presen relationships. I guess the last step is healing….which is where I am today with my “absent father” issues. healing must begin now because I do not want to attract another beautiful soul to have to eventually excuse myself from the toxicity of our relationship because we are looking for something we haven’t given to ourselves and at this point can not give to another soul; i.e. mutual respect. geese. and of course I want to finish the “work” of helping my son who definitely has mother issues he to must heal from; admitting to the issues and being conscience of how my issues impact relationships is not enough; I WILL HEAL, MY SON WILL HEAL, MANY OTHRS I KNOW AND DONT KNOW WILL HEAL!!!

Peter Milhado PHD January 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Not yet

Peter Milhado PHD January 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Stay awake at

Angelica March 2, 2016 at 4:00 am

Hi doc, I am studying a similar case. I am so far in positive mind that the son can break a mother’s influence. Are you suggesting otherwise…Mine is a Jocasta complex case (Mother obsessed with son). Please let me know.

Anthony March 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm

Why is it considered “immature” for a man to be self determined? Why is a dominant male personality demonized? Why does society measure maturity by compliance rather than merit? I can think of many times in my life that my peers where wrong, even if they all agreed with each other, and my disregard of their opinion furthered my life in positive and beneficial ways. I think societies expectations on men have changed, along with the increase of “gynocentrism/feminism”, men are increasingly shamed into compliance if they fail to conform to social expectations, and the current social expectations are “gender confused” and flat out ignorant of human history and traditional gender relations.

These days we have a very homogenized idea of manhood, as well as an overly critical way of looking at individuals in society. It is almost criminal to be an unapologetic, self determined “mans man”. Look at what it is doing to our society, all the “gender fluid” or liquid or whatever its called.

Peter Milhado PHD March 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm


Peter Milhado PHD March 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm

Help him become consciuos of his parasitic life adaptation and he will get better

Patricia March 27, 2016 at 2:00 am

I am deep in love with a man who has this issue. He is deep in love with me for four years. But I am married and he was homosexual since his 33. But now he is in love with me but he fears me. Also because I am married it makes things more difficult. My husband knows him and he does not see him as a threat because he knows of his homosexuality. The last woman he had a relationship the women had lot expectations of him. Anyway. I just want to help him. And after four years I just do not know how else I can help. I wa to to help him not necessarily to be with him. But because I love him deeply. He is the one who told me he was castratd by his mother who died many years ago. And his father left when he was four. Also he is old in age. Every month I love him deeper. And he gives the world for me. What to do? I see how much he wants to be fee to love healthy. Could you give me an advise of how I can help him?

Dottie April 18, 2016 at 6:35 am

My partner is constantly reminded by his mother that he would be nothing without her, particularly likes to say it when his friends are around. Has successful music career and of course, his manager is female. His mother is likes to act and pull you into the inner circle, but just wants to know what control/influence you may have on her son. Its awful to see someone I love subjected to this constant, what she did, what she gave up for him. She gave up nothing and he is the family’s cash cow. He suffers stress, anxiety and depression and I am desperate to get him beyond the point of thinking he still owes his mother for his success, especially when he’s approaching mid 50s…Help!

Kevin May 16, 2016 at 11:34 pm

what would be the most sure-fire way to work on this? i know psychology is not one size fits all but how would i go on approaching this problem and improving this pathetic pity party that i call a life?

John May 30, 2016 at 4:02 am

I can feel the truth of this article from my own life. Almost every word. Time and again, I kept having issues with women all my life. Although I did not have any sexual fantasies with my mother, the pull is strong and the influence is there. Although I was made aware of this effect on me by a wise man in 2011, I was in another country from my mother. The distance did me good. But I have since then moved back to the same country, married (someone who I believe is also neurotic, our neuroses somehow attracted us to each other) and am now separated from my wife because it seemed to be the only way to have some kind of peace. And now predictably, I am sliding into another depressive phase. I am tired of the same thing repeating…with any woman who is brave enough to be with me. I am getting tired. I am already 34 years old. About to be probably divorced. And I also screwed up my career (or so I believe) with issues with authority. I simply do not listen to leaders who I cannot look up to.

What is the way out? How do I get my life in order?

Kaye June 26, 2016 at 6:59 am

What do you do to avoid this? What suggestions would you have for single mothers raising sons?

Peter Milhado PHD July 1, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Love him and be sure to draw the line in the sand when he is out of line

Peter Milhado PHD July 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm

Grow up

Peter Milhado PHD July 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm

U can t get him anywhere u Ain t got the power

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