Mothers Who Can't Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters

Mothers Who Can't Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters

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ISBN-13: 9780062204363
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 33,574
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan Forward, PhD, is an internationally renowned therapist, lecturer, and author. Her books include the number-one New York Times bestsellers Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them and Toxic Parents. In addition to her private practice, she has served as a therapist, instructor, and consultant in numerous Southern California psychiatric and medical facilities.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Identifying the Mother Wound

1 The Taboo of Questioning Your Mother's Love: "Don't you dare say anything had about your mother." 13

2 The Severely Narcissistic Mother: "But what about me?" 24

3 The Overly Enmeshed Mother: "You are my whole life." 51

4 The Control Freak Mother: "Because I said so." 69

5 Mothers Who Need Mothering: "I depend on you to take care of everything." 87

6 Mothers Who Neglect, Betray, and Batter: "You're always causing trouble." 105

Part II Healing the Mother Wound

7 The Beginnings of Truth: "I'm starting to see it wasn't all my fault." 139

8 Acknowledging the Painful Feelings: "It feels so good to get it all out." 156

9 Tapping the Wisdom in Your Anger and Grief: "I'm ready to face the feelings I've pushed down for so long." 171

10 Change Your Behavior, Change Your Life: "I see that change is really hard, but not changing is harder." 192

11 Setting Boundaries: "I would never have believed I had the right to say no." 206

12 Deciding What Kind of Relationship You Want Now: "I finally feel like an adult." 222

13 The Most Difficult Decision: "It's come down to a choice between my mother and my well-being." 242

14 Old, Sick, or Alone: The Suddenly Dependent Mother: "I have to be there for her. After all, she is still my mother." 253

Coda: Connecting, at Last, with the Good Mother 263

Acknowledgments 271

Suggested Reading 273

Index 275

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BrownandBeautiful More than 1 year ago
I'm typically a slow reader but I zipped through this book. The part two is focused on self-help, therapy, and healing so I didn't go right past those parts. However, this book really hit my bones. It showed me how much of my life has been a product of the kind of mother I've had. I was always ashamed to say how much I hate her for being the way she was with me. Tearing down my character, physically abusing me, gas lighting my feelings and making me feel illegitimate. I'm still going through the exercises as far as the healing and I can say they are helping and working for me. I am ready to take charge over my life and move into a fuller and more complete me. It's going to take a lot of work but thank god I have this book to help me. Susan Thank you so much. Just thank you.
BrownandBeautiful More than 1 year ago
I'm typically a slow reader but I zipped through this book. The part two is focused on self-help, therapy, and healing so I didn't go right past those parts. However, this book really hit my bones. It showed me how much of my life has been a product of the kind of mother I've had. I was always ashamed to say how much I hate her for being the way she was with me. Tearing down my character, physically abusing me, gas lighting my feelings and making me feel illegitimate. I'm still going through the exercises as far as the healing and I can say they are helping and working for me. I am ready to take charge over my life and move into a fuller and more complete me. It's going to take a lot of work but thank god I have this book to help me. Susan Thank you so much. Just thank you.
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