Difficult Mothers

Difficult Mothers

Understanding and Overcoming Their Power

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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Mother love is often seen as sacred, but for many children the relationship is a painful struggle. Using the newest research on human attachment and brain development, Terri Apter, an internationally acclaimed psychologist and writer, unlocks the mysteries of this complicated bond. She showcases the five different types of difficult mother--the angry mother, the controlling mother, the narcissistic mother, the envious mother, and the emotionally neglectful mother--and explains the patterns of behavior seen in each type. Apter also explores the dilemma at the heart of a difficult relationship: why a mother has such a powerful impact on us and why we continue to care about her responses long after we have outgrown our dependence. She then shows how we can conduct an "emotional audit" on ourselves to overcome the power of the complex feelings a difficult mother inflicts. In the end this book celebrates the great resilience of sons and daughters of difficult mothers as well as acknowledging their special challenges.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393081022
Branch Call Number: 155.924 APTER
Characteristics: xvi, 238 p. ; 22 cm.


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Dec 08, 2015

This book was a revelation for me, and a strange, oddly thrilling find. I came across it quite by accident but was hooked by the title and could barely put it down once I began reading it. I read with amusement and sadness the various interviewees' recollections of their moms, finding myself dumbstruck and hugely relieved that someone else out there had gone through the same (or at least strikingly similar) things that I had.

Though it's not a requirement, I do agree that readers may want to have this book in hand while a therapist is helping them come to terms with all those memories and powerfully mixed emotions.


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