Millions of lives are damaged by the legacy of parental abuse. Parents who ignored their children's needs or overburdened them with guilt. Parents who were alcoholic or addicted to drugs. Parents who were exploitative and cruel, or simply indifferent and inadequate. When these children reach adulthood the damage done by their toxic parents manifests itself in depression, or difficulties with relationships, careers and decision-making.
This landmark book, by bestselling author and psychologist Dr Susan Forward, confronts this painful legacy and shows why it is so difficult to put the past behind you. She offers effective alternatives for achieving inner peace and for freeing yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationships with your parents. Filled with vivid case histories and testimony from adult children of toxic parents, this remarkable book also offers the self-help techniques Dr Forward has developed to change the lives of her patients. With this book as your guide, you will discover an exciting new world of self-confidence, inner strength and emotional independence.
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Eye Opening reaffirming excellent jumping off point in the process of healing
Great book, thoroughly recommended for anyone struggling in adult relationships because of past issues during childhood.
It really helps put things into perspective. Not an easy read but essential for anyone wanting to make progress instead of endlessly repeating the same relationship mistakes.
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Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life
Limited preview - 2009