Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life Paperback – 2 Jan 2002
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“A dynamic, powerful, hard-hitting book. It offers tremendous hope as well as understanding. It could truly be a lifesaver.”
— Abigail Van Buren, “Dear Abby”
“I consider Susan Forward to be among the foremost therapists of our age.”
— John Bradshaw, author of Healing the Shame That Binds You and Homecoming
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Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life
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u the child of toxic parents?
When you were a child...
Did your parents tell you you were bad or worthless?
Did your parents use physical pain to discipline you?
Did you have to take care of your parents because of their problems?
Were you often frightened of your parents?
Did your parents do anything to you that had to be kept secret?
Now that youre an adult...
Do your parents still treat you as if you were a child?
Do you have intense emotional or physical reactions after spending time with your parents?
Do your parents control you with threats or guilt? Do they manipulate you with money?
Do you feel that no matter what you do, its never good enough for your parents?
In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents
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For starters, this book is NOT about parent-bashing. This book clearly explains what makes parents toxic and what does not. We have been conditioned by society to put parents on a pedestal, but we need to come out of it. We need to understand that they too are as human as their children are.
An example : the father of one girl, told her, "you'll always be my little failure". This destroyed her, and for the rest of her life she felt inadequate and suffered from serious low-confidence
It is true that we may have learned good manners from our parents. Almost everyone is vocal about it. But what they are not vocal about or deny, is the fact that deep down, most negative characteristics we have, can be found in the way our parents treated us when we were kids ..... and continue being toxic to us even when we are grown-ups with a family and our own kids .... and the cycle continues ...
... but you can heal yourself. In very simple language, Dr. Susan gives real life examples of parental toxicity and its ill-effects, along with steps to heal yourself.
Everybody should read this. I mean everybody.
Heart felt Thanks to the Author.
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