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

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

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

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


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With Mothers Who Can't Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters, Susan Forward, Ph.D., author of the smash #1 bestseller Toxic Parents, offers a powerful look at the devastating impact unloving mothers have on their daughters—and provides clear, effective techniques for overcoming that painful legacy.

In more than 35 years as a therapist, Forward has worked with large numbers of women struggling to escape the emotional damage inflicted by the women who raised them. Subjected to years of criticism, competition, role-reversal, smothering control, emotional neglect and abuse, these women are plagued by anxiety and depression, relationship problems, lack of confidence, and difficulties with trust. They doubt their worth, and even their ability to love.

Forward examines the Narcissistic Mother, the Competitive Mother, the Overly Enmeshed mother, the Control Freak, Mothers who need Mothering, and mothers who abuse or fail to protect their daughters from abuse. 

Filled with compelling case histories, Mothers Who Can’t Love outlines the self-help techniques Forward has developed to transform the lives of her clients, showing women how to overcome the pain of childhood and how to act in their own best interests. 

Warm and compassionate, Mothers Who Can’t Love offers daughters the emotional support and tools they need to heal themselves and rebuild their confidence and self-respect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062204363
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 72,795
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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