Will I Ever Be Good Enough?
Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 243 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 September 2009|
The first book for the millions of daughters suffering from the emotional abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, "Will I Ever Be Good Enough?" provides the expert advice readers need to overcome debilitating histories and reclaim their lives.
Verdict: This readable book fulfills the stated aim of avoiding blame while providing explanations and tools for change. However, the focus on mothers as poor parenting figures can certainly be challenged. Provocative though not definitive; recommended for psychology and mental health collections where it may be useful for self-help and encouragement. Background: About 1.5 million American women exhibit narcissistic personality disorder according to the American Psychiatric Association, and their daughters suffer, too. Grounded in a traditional psychological perspective in which mothers are considered the root of dysfunction, the author provides a guide to halting this insidious form of mental abuse and neglect. The work is based on her experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist, along with personal experience and published materials. The book begins with a clinical description of maternal narcissism, including case studies and checklists. Part 2 analyzes its impact on daughters' lives. McBride describes pathological love relationships, self-sabotage, high achievement based on workaholism, and unskilled parenting as legacies of the disorder. The final section includes a program for recovery and additional resources.--Antoinette Brinkman, M.L.S., Evansville, IN Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
""Will I Ever Be Good Enough?" illuminates a very common and unnamed wound -- the wound that results from growing up with a narcissistic mother. In this engaging book, Karyl McBride provides a clear, honest, and effective way to heal this wound and live life fully and joyfully." -- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of "Mother-Daughter Wisdom", "The Wisdom of Menopause", and "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom"
|Publisher: ||Free Press|
|Dimensions: ||21.08 x 13.72 x 1.78 centimeters (0.23 kg)|