The Effects of an Emotionally Unavailable Father on His Son


Dads are important. They teach their sons how to be men and they show them how to be good, compassionate human beings in general. Unfortunately, some dads just aren’t emotionally available enough to fill this role effectively. If you had an emotionally unavailable father growing up, these are the consequences you may have experienced as a result.

The son feels unloved and unimportant

My father was never there for me. I remember feeling very unloved and unimportant to my dad. He always seemed like he had more important things to do than spend time with his family. Whenever I would ask him to hang out with me or do something as a family, he would always make up some excuse like I’m really busy today. I felt like he didn’t care about what was going on in my life because he never made any effort to get to know me. The only time that I ever spent time with my dad when we were younger was when we played catch in the backyard or threw a football around.

The son struggles with self-esteem and self-worth

An emotionally unavailable father can lead to a multitude of problems for his son. When he is unable to have a healthy emotional connection with his dad, the son may struggle with self-esteem and self-worth issues. This can lead him to be afraid to get close to people in relationships,

because he doesn’t feel he deserves that type of love. It can also make him feel like he needs approval from others in order to exist, or it could make him feel like he has no control over anything that happens in his life. The son will also likely have trouble trusting other people.