Did you grow up with a mother who was controlling or manipulative? Was she emotionally or psychologically abusive toward you? Did she make you feel ashamed, rejected, or “crazy?” Was it all about her, all of the time? When your mother is a narcissist, it can damage and invalidate your sense of self, and leave you with lasting anxiety, insecurity, self-doubt, and a relentlessly critical internal voice. But there are tools you can use to move forward in your adult life with confidence. The evidence-based skills in this book will help you heal the scars of growing up with a self-absorbed and narcissistic mother.
Written by a psychologist and expert in narcissism, Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers offers proven-effective strategies drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you reduce anxiety, build confidence, overcome self-criticism, and live the life you deserve. You’ll also find tons of practical tips to help you build healthy, trusting relationships; stop apologizing for the failures of others; and start trusting your own good judgment.
If you were raised by a narcissistic mother and are struggling with the lingering effects of a toxic upbringing, this is the road map you need to heal the past and thrive in the present and future.
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About the Author
Wendy T. Behary, LCSW, is founder and clinical director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey, founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and author Disarming the Narcissist.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Being the Daughter of a Narcissist Mother 7
Chapter 2 Understanding Your Mother 23
Chapter 3 Is She a Grandiose or Vulnerable Narcissist? 41
Chapter 4 Identifying Gaslighting and Lack of Empathy 55
Chapter 5 Disrupt Your Anxious Thought Patterns 71
Chapter 6 Release Your Shame and Grief 85
Chapter 7 Soothe Your Emotional Roller Coaster 101
Chapter 8 Find Your Core Strengths and Build Confidence 115
Chapter 9 Building Boundaries and Becoming Assertive 129
Chapter 10 Relationships and Creating Your Life 145
Parting Words 159