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Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life | [Craig Buck, Susan Forward]

Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life

In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents---and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.
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Publisher's Summary

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 you're 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, it's 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 to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents---and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.

©1989 Susan Forward (P)2011 Tantor

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"I consider Susan Forward to be among the foremost therapists of our age." (John Bradshaw, author of Healing the Shame That Binds You)

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    Amanda Canada 08-20-12
    Amanda Canada 08-20-12 Member Since 2012

    A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.

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    "Its worth a listen."

    I read this book thinking about my parents who were clearly toxic but dare I say they were so toxic this book wasn't helpful. I think this book would be most helpful for individuals who have living parents that have personality disorders, but are still somewhat functional. Those with deceased parents or those with so severely limited parents that there is no hope of them understanding or approving of you, may not gain much from this book.

    While I critize this book for not being able to help me personally in relationship to my own parents. I did gain a lot of insight from this book in respect to other individuals that I know again with personality disorders. Their behaviors I didn't fully accept/understand and I think I do following this book. Furthermore this book's section on getting in touch with your anger made me realise that I have been surpressing some anger I literally had no idea was still there.

    So my thoughts are that this book is amazing. I didn't get what I had hoped from it, but it did provide meaningful insight. If you come from a disfunctional home or know people closely who came from a disfuctional home I highly recommend this book. I just think you should give yourself the time and space to read it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marci GRANITE BAY, CA, United States 06-05-12
    Marci GRANITE BAY, CA, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You mean I am not the crazy one?"
    Where does Toxic Parents rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the top!


    What did you like best about this story?

    My whole life I have been the crazy/unappreciative/ungrateful/wrong/worthless/homely/fat one according to my Mom. Thanks for helping me see thats not the case.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    smallbusinessmommy 04-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I was a changed woman in 24 hours"
    Would you listen to Toxic Parents again? Why?

    Yes this book was so helpful to me I would listen a thousand times, I constantly refer to it for motivatiom and as a reference guide.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No fav character


    What does Jo Anna Perrin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I could have never read the book, too busy


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Unice Dweeb Indianapolis, Indiana 09-14-12
    Unice Dweeb Indianapolis, Indiana 09-14-12
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    "Life changing"
    Where does Toxic Parents rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read many, many books on this "topic" seeking for a way to clear out my junk from the past. This one is the best and most helpful one I have EVER encountered! I wish I had known about it sooner but Im guessing these things only come to you when you're ready for them. This negates years of the torture from the guilt and shame of putting accountability where it belongs and clarifies how healing my past and the hell I endured is in my hands and at my comfort level without concern for reactions of the perpetrators. I highly recommend this one. If you're drawn to this one then buy it. Worth every penny and then some. <3


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mariya 06-11-14
    Mariya 06-11-14
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    "Very glad I listened"
    Would you listen to Toxic Parents again? Why?

    Absolutely, it's not written to go over someone's head in ridiculous therapist lingo. It does feel like you're in a prolonged session with Susan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    What three words best describe Jo Anna Perrin’s voice?

    More of a TV journalist/anchor than a book reader. I liked it but I did not like when she adjusted it lower and lower with every representation of another character.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Toxic Parents?

    That it is vital to recognize your own behavior and break the cycle as soon as possible in order to avoid pain for future generations.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written, something to re-listen to now and again. I will be purchasing an actual copy though to have around the house to pick up and read as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Traci Cayuga, TX, United States 05-29-13
    Traci Cayuga, TX, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm not fricken crazy!!!"
    What did you love best about Toxic Parents?

    The second part where it gives you a step by step way to confront your parents!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing that I am not crazy, dumb, bad, disturbed, or wrong.


    Which character – as performed by Jo Anna Perrin – was your favorite?

    They were all great!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Toxic Parents?

    All of it!! I now have a tangible understanding of what happens in toxic relationships and I don't have to doubt it. And for anyone who is toxic that I need to confront, I have a clear path to do that. I do wish there were more non-defensive reply examples.


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    Julie LANCASTER, CA, United States 12-04-12
    Julie LANCASTER, CA, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Book!"
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    This book uses the author's years and years of professional experience and actual client dialog to state her case for the ideas she was presenting and provides thorough and effective methods of dealing with the harm caused by toxic parents. Best book I've read here so far!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Van Nuys, CA, United States 09-23-12
    Candace Van Nuys, CA, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is a REALLY insightful book"
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    There is so much information in this book, it is difficult to narrow all of the applicable ideas down to just one. There are so many good points made throughout the book.


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