Similar to Mother Wounds, Father Wounds are traumas that are passed down from generation to generation and have a profound impact on our lives. Father Wounds can show up in many ways in your life including low self-worth, attention and validation seeking, issues with material security and abundance, codependency with partners, and much more.
The Father Wound is another casualty of the patriarchy that has been on our planet for over 3500 years now. It has affected you, your father, your grandfather, your great grandfather, and many generations before that.
Fathers who are unconditionally loving, are present (both physically and emotionally), they model empowerment, strength, protection and stability, along with emotional support, compassionate listening and grounded guidance. Those are the traits that represent our Divine Father, the Divine Masculine. But just like Mother Wound, Father Wound exists because most men are not able to father their children in that way.
Father Wound affects both daughters and sons. While the patriarchy oppresses women, it puts enormous pressure on men to be financially successful, great providers, gentle and loving and emotional when needed, powerful and strong and protective when needed, and to be the rock of the family. Most men do not receive that as role modeling, so they are unable to step into fatherhood in its most evolved and loving form. They are "launched" into an impotent adulthood. For both sons and daughters, Father Wound has a profound impact on the long-term happiness of your most intimate relationships, your ability to father your own children and for women, the way we mother our sons is affected greatly by Father Wound.
Just like our mothers, our fathers too, for the most part, have been unable to love THEMSELVES unconditionally. If they were unable to love themselves unconditionally, it is not possible for them to love their children unconditionally - even among the most loving and kind of fathers. We simply cannot give what we do not have.