Lemon Moms: A Guide to Understand and Survive Maternal Narcissism

Lemon Moms: A Guide to Understand and Survive Maternal Narcissism

by Diane Metcalf
Lemon Moms: A Guide to Understand and Survive Maternal Narcissism

Lemon Moms: A Guide to Understand and Survive Maternal Narcissism

by Diane Metcalf

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Overview

Healing Begins with Awareness

Are you trapped in the maze of your mother's expectations, forever chasing the approval and affection that always seem out of reach? "Lemon Moms: A Guide to Understand and Survive Maternal Narcissism" is your guide to finding the exit and stepping into the light of self-love and acceptance.

You've been conditioned to neglect your own needs, to seek validation from others, and to constantly put yourself last. You may find yourself drawn into harmful relationships, repeating patterns of self-sabotage, and struggling with feelings of inadequacy and emptiness.

You are not alone.

The author, a fellow survivor of a narcissistic mother, walks with you on this journey of discovery and healing. She offers not just empathy and support but also practical strategies to help you reclaim your life. This book is your roadmap to understanding the true nature of your relationship with your mother and breaking free from the cycle of emotional manipulation and guilt.

Lemon Moms: A Guide to Understand and Survive Maternal Narcissism equips you with the tools to:

- Defuse the drama in your interactions

- Establish boundaries that are respected

- Counteract gaslighting and manipulation

- Navigate emotional outbursts and silent treatments

- Respond to hurtful comments and put-downs

- Understand and heal from hurtful family dynamics

- Strategize conversations for positive outcomes

- Recognize and heal trauma signs

With actionable steps at the end of each chapter (or you can use the companion workbook), this book is your guide to understanding why your mother behaves as she does and how you can change your response. You can't change your mother, but you can change how you interact with her.

Remember, you are not to blame. You didn't create the problem, and you can't cure it or control it. But you are worthy of love and respect.

Why wait? Begin your journey to healing by getting this book and empowering yourself today!


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735287614
Publisher: Image and Aspect Media
Publication date: 08/23/2020
Series: Lemon Moms , #1
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 582,445
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Diane Metcalf is an experienced advocate, speaker, and writer on the topics of domestic violence, abuse, and family dysfunction. Currently, she writes about toxic relationships and recovery tools on her blog, "The Toolbox" (http: //toolbox.dianemetcalf.com/). Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and has worked in numerous fields, including domestic violence and abuse. As a result of growing up in a dysfunctional home, and with the help of professional therapists and continued personal growth, she has developed strong coping skills and healing strategies. She happily shares those insights with others who want to learn and recover. Currently, Diane lives in Nevada with her husband Kim and her adorable pets, Abby and Simba.

Table of Contents

PART l: STRONG, DEEP ROOTS. 21

PREFACE: THE BEGINNING.. 23

Chapter One: WHAT IS NARCISSISM?. 31

Chapter Two: CREATING A NARCISSIST.. 45

Chapter Three: DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA.. 50

Chapter Four: TYPES OF NARCISSISM... 60

Chapter Five: THE TRAUMATIZED BRAIN.. 77

Chapter Six: LOOKING BACK: OUR PAST.. 84

Chapter Seven: NARCISSISM AWARENESS GRIEF. 96

PART ll: GOT LEMONS?. 107

Chapter Eight: THE NARCISSISTIC MOTHER.. 109

Chapter Nine: THE NARCISSISTIC ABUSE CYCLE.. 115

Chapter Ten: NARCISSISTIC LYING.. 126

Chapter Eleven: THE SILENT TREATMENT.. 131

Chapter Twelve: SHAME.. 137

Chapter Thirteen: NARCISSISTIC SUPPLY.. 146

Chapter Fourteen: TRAUMA BONDING.. 150

Chapter Fifteen: SLAMMING AND BANGING.. 160

Chapter Sixteen: GASLIGHTING: THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CAUSE OF C-PTSD.. 168

Chapter Seventeen: CODEPENDENCY.. 184

Chapter Eighteen: TALKING WITH YOUR NARCISSISTIC MOTHER.. 197

Chapter Nineteen: ADDRESSING PTSD and C-PTSD.. 209

PART III: MAKE LEMONADE.. 221

Chapter Twenty: SETTING PERSONAL BOUNDARIES. 223

Chapter Twenty-one: IDENTIFYING DANGEROUS PEOPLE.. 231

Chapter Twenty-two: YOU GOTTA FEEL IT TO HEAL IT.. 236

Chapter Twenty-three: WHAT NOW?. 246

Chapter Twenty-four: A NEW BEGINNING.. 269

Indicators of Recovery: 269

Glossary of Terms. 277

References. 283

Bibliography. 295

Acknowledgments. 299

About the Author 303

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