As distinct from the over-submissive parent that submits to the child’s every whim, the overindulgent parent showers the child with gifts, unexpected “treats” and services even when they are not requested or equally often not even wanted. The child’s needs or desires are not necessarily taken into consideration. The result is a child that eventually loses confidence in their ability to know what they want and behave in a manner that is instrumental in achieving it. Eventually, they get bored and unmoved by the seemingly exhaustible profusion of imposed attention and reward. They often have difficulty as children and as adults they find it almost impossible to persist and are unlikely to initiate actions that require sustained effort or drive. In life they are likely to drift and depend on others to initiate and provide for them.

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