Yes, emotional incest is still incest. It wreaks havoc on self-esteem and relationships for the child later in life. Incest implies sexual misconduct.. and in a way emotional incest is sexual misconduct on the child’s emotions/mind. It’s very harmful to an impressionable child. Thanks for reading this.. I wonder if they didn’t curate it fearing also that this kind of dynamic exists in many families as you say. It can be de-stabilizing to a person to realize such a thing.