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An essential work for listeners seeking compassionate, wise guidance about the powerful relationship between mothers and their sons and daughters. Mother love is often seen as sacred, but for many children the relationship is a painful struggle. Using the newest research on human attachment and brain development, Terri Apter, an internationally acclaimed psychologist and writer, unlocks the mysteries of this complicated bond. She showcases the five different types of difficult mother - the angry mother, the controlling mother, the narcissistic mother, the envious mother, and the emotionally neglectful mother - and explains the patterns of behavior seen in each type.

Apter also explores the dilemma at the heart of a difficult relationship: why a mother has such a powerful impact on us and why we continue to care about her responses long after we have outgrown our dependence. She then shows how we can conduct an "emotional audit" on ourselves to overcome the power of the complex feelings a difficult mother inflicts. In the end, this audiobook celebrates the great resilience of sons and daughters of difficult mothers as well as acknowledging their special challenges.

©2012 Terri Apter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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If you don't understand your mom, this is the book

Easy to follow, gives you different theories as to why a daughter (or son)-mother relationship might not be working. I learned a lot.

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very imformative book

very helpful in helping me cope with a difficult mother... The author goes thru and speaks from the heart

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loved it!

it was great, super explanation of the dynamics of difficult mothers, only kind words. read read read.

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It's was good but...

To me this book was just okay. I wanted more suggestions. Yes the last chapter does give some. The book does a great job outlining the issues and problems. I just felt it could have used more advice.

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  • Benson-Boo
  • 06-29-18

This book helped me understand my difficult mother

I could never do anything right as far as my mother was concerned. She blamed me for all the bad choices she made in life . She blames everyone but herself for turning me against her. Her actions and behaviour cause me to not want anything to do with her . but she can not see this. so I contacted her and told her to read this book. I explained that finally she may be able to understand my behaviour towards her. That this book helped me to see how her depression, envy, anger and controlling behaviour caused me to react in a certain way as a child. Finally I had some answers to question I kept asking myself.

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  • chris
  • 07-03-16

Scarily true

This book is unbelievable, gave me shivers, my mother is In there to a T