Will I Ever Be Good Enough?: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers (Paperback)

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    Karyl McBride, Ph.D.
    , is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than twenty-five years’ experience in public and private practice. For the past seventeen years, Dr. McBride has been involved in private research concerning children of narcissistic parents. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
    The first book for daughters who have suffered the abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? provides the expert assistance you need in order to overcome this debilitating history and reclaim your life. Drawing on more than two decades of experience as a therapist specializing in women’s health and hundreds of interviews with suffering daughters, Dr. Karyl McBride helps you recognize the widespread effects of this emotional abuse and create an individualized program for self-protection, resolution, and complete recovery.

    Narcissistic mothers teach their daughters that love is not unconditional, that it is given only when they behave in accordance with maternal expectations and whims. As adults, these daughters have difficulty overcoming feelings of inadequacy, disappointment, emotional emptiness, and sadness. They may also have a fear of abandonment that leads them to form unhealthy romantic relationships, as well as a tendency to perfectionism and unrelenting self-criticism or to self-sabotage and frustration. Dr. McBride’s step-by-step program will enable you to:

    (1) Recognize your own experience with maternal narcissism and its effects on all aspects of your life

    (2) Discover how you have internalized verbal and nonverbal messages from your mother and how these have translated into overachievement or self-sabotage

    (3) Construct a personalized program to take control of your life and enhance your sense of self, establishing healthy boundaries with your mother and breaking the legacy of abuse

    Warm and sympathetic, Dr. McBride brings a profound level of authority to Will I Ever Be Good Enough? that encourages and inspires you as it aids your recovery.


    ISBN 9781439129432
    Genre FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Motherhood
    Format Paperback
    Pages 243
    Publisher Date 2009-09-08 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Atria Books
    Copyright Year 2009
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.5 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors McBride, Karyl, Ph.D.
    Country of Origin United States

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      So many people are walking around today with a hole in their soul. Some things that come together for other people and seem natural, don't come together for the children of Narcissistic parents. I find that most people don't let themselves feel this much, they're so confused about so many *normal* situations, they hang out at the edge of their own shadow. It manifests in so many different ways for so many different people; it can be mental illness or physical illness or extreme trust issues, etc., etc. Something doesn't fit right. It's almost unconscious except that it reveals itself in a raging rush of energy and tears. Where did that come from? I recommended this book to my sister who was so relieved and finally validated that what she felt all these years and the narcisssitic abuse she suffered and continues to suffer, was REAL. It's a *light bulb* moment for many. And until it is understood, it can't be healed. This book is a great starter, an eye opener and will help the journey from there to now. I hope everyone gets a chance to read books on Narcissism, Histrionic and Borderline Personality disorders. They will be amazed and yet comforted to know it wasn't THEM.

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      Wow, this is an excellent book! It can take you out of denial and into reality in a hurry.

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