The first book specifically for daughters suffering from the emotional 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 for yourself. Drawing on over two decades of experience as a therapist specializing in women's psychology and health, psychotherapist Dr. Karyl McBride helps you recognize the widespread effects of this maternal emotional abuse and guides you as you 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.
©2008 Dr. Karyl McBride (P)2011 Tantor
"The author provides parenting tips as well as advice on maintaining healthy love relationships and friendships." (Publishers Weekly)
This is a very important book for those women who always felt something was missing in thier lives ... that they didn't have a normal childhood ... that thier moms were different ... women who whatever they did thier moms never seemed to be pleased ...
This book helps you realize the problem ... face your denial ... make peace with your past and accept reality ... then start the journey towrds healing ...just make sure to take your time and do as the books says ... don't be tempted to skip anything
The author herslef was a victim of a narcassit mother so she knows what she's talking about ...and not only i found the book extremely helpful but the soothing voice of the author and narrator made a great deal of difference
This book can help everyone that has or knows women that have a narsistic mother. Great for daughters, daughter-in-laws, sons, son-in-laws, spouses and even friends of these victims.
Finally, I feel like my brother and I are not alone! This explains so very much. And for the first time I feel like I am OK!
I felt like Rocky after I finished! I reached the top of the steps and with this knowledge I can deal with the fights. Just knowing that I can clearly see all of the manipulation my mother has used on me for 50 years is so freeing. No one will ever please her and finally I can work through excepting that...because it is her and I am good enough!
I will listen to this book many more times...especially before major family events (Holidays, Celebrations...). I can now put her battles for attention "in a box" and find my happiness! My husband says he has seen a change in the way I deal with " mom issues".
The pure accuracy of this book. Dr. McBride's research is spot on. This book has not only helped me understand the relationship between me and my mother but also helped to improve it by providing a new perspective. It has helped me understand unexplained feelings and behavior. I am still in recovery, but I am well on my way to living a better and happier life! If you have a narcissistic mother (whether the damage was inflicted on you or a sibling), you MUST read this book. Thanks so much Dr. McBride!
This book focused primarily on healing, as opposed to diagnosing and blaming.
The narrators voice was soothing, caring, and genuine. The book was well written, and analyzed many different angles of these looming and life long maternal issues. Great read!
Uptown Girl's Harlem Book Club
Very informative book. I think women struggling with manipulative and controlling mothers will find that this book will help them to look at their situation in new ways and recover from emotional and psychological abuse.
I think the narrator did an excellent job of presenting what the book tried to represents, thus I think the audio version would be better. However, I do not have the print version and could see highlighting some areas of the book if I had it.
That a person cannot try to fix or heal a person that does not feel anything for anyone. In addition, the examples presented leads to future narcissistic or co-dependent mothers, and continues if cycle is not broken.
The clarity of her voice provides an authentic note of personality as she describes her experiences as a child, teen, student, and adult.
Mommy Dearest Returns
While I listened hanging on to every word, I found myself thinking of great sayings or pointers in each chapter that caused me to start over on each chapter. Thus, it is a book that is worthy of listening to very slowly, perhaps a chapter a day to let pointers sink in. It is worthy to note that the narcissistic mother may not recognize these traits in their self as damaging to others because they relate to envision how it is to be anyone other than themselves. Great story to share with others. I was surprised that the mother was aware of her doing the book...
If you think your mother may have been narcissistic (or emotionally withholding), this is a great (and painful) read. She gives you new perspectives of how to heal from your childhood, and very effective ways of overcoming.
I found this book incredibly eye opening and helpful. As the daughter of a narcissistic mother, it was comforting to hear that I was not alone in feeling as I do - but it was also very healing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who suspects they have a parent that is narcissistic.
Helpful. Interesting. Insightful.
I haven't found another book that targets this issue more directly.
She has a cloying, overly sweet style.
The narrator (author) had a narcissistic mother herself and interjects that into the text. Made me wonder how professional and detached her information was.
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