There are three types of incest: overt, covert, and emotional. Over incest is sexual contact by a relative. Covert incest is sexual energy without touching (peering, crush, inappropriate sexual talk, coming into the bathroom, etc. Emotional incest is when the roles are reversed. A parent is lonely and turns to the child for support. The child becomes the adult emotionally, and the adult becomes the child. The parent and child are best friends. The parent and child are emotionally enmeshed. There are no healthy boundaries. They used to say “smothered” now they say emotional incest.