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    Christine Ann Lawson, Ph.D., is a clinical social worker in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has previously served as adjunct faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and Butler University.
    The first love in our lives is our mother. Recognizing her face, her voice, the meaning of her moods, and her facial expressions is crucial to survival. Dr. Christine Ann Lawson vividly describes how mothers who suffer from borderline personality disorder produce children who may flounder in life even as adults, futilely struggling to reach the safety of a parental harbor, unable to recognize that their borderline parent lacks a pier, or even a discernible shore. Four character profiles describe different symptom clusters that include the waif mother, the hermit mother, the queen mother, and the witch. Children of borderlines are at risk for developing this complex and devastating personality disorder themselves. Dr. Lawson's recommendations for prevention include empathic understanding of the borderline mother and early intervention with her children to ground them in reality and counteract the often dangerous effects of living with a 'make-believe' mother. Some readers may recognize their mothers as well as themselves in this book. They will also find specific suggestions for creating healthier relationships. Addressing the adult children of borderlines and the therapists who work with them, Dr. Lawson shows how to care for the waif without rescuing her, to attend to the hermit without feeding her fear, to love the queen without becoming her subject, and to live with the witch without becoming her victim. A Jason Aronson Book

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    ISBN 9780765703316
    Genre PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General
    Format Paperback
    Publisher Date 2002-07-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Jason Aronson Inc
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 1.15 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship
    Audience College/higher education
    Authors Lawson, Christine Ann, Ph.D.
    Dimensions 9.0x6.0x1.0

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      This book was helpful in many ways. It discusses four types of borderline mothers - the waif, the witch, the queen, and the hermit. It helps you understand why you feel the way you do & how to stop the cycle in your own life, or in your dealings with your mother. It is not a "moms are bad" book; it is a book that takes an honest look at what many people went through while growing up or are going through now as a mother. It is a great tool for those who are interested in moving forward & having a real, open relationship with their mother - whether their mother is able to partcipate or not - it is a tool that helps free the child (now adult) from the "fake" relationship, pain, confusion, etc.

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