• Narcissistic Parents

  • The Complete Guide for Adult Children, Including 2 Manuscripts: Narcissistic Mothers & Narcissistic Fathers. How to Handle a Narcissistic Parent and Recover from CPTSD
  • By: Caroline Foster
  • Narrated by: Trei Taylor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Health & Wellness, Psychology & Mental Health
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (175 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

This is the complete healing guide for adult children of narcissistic parents.

If you are an adult child of a narcissistic father or mother, this audiobook is for you, and if you are not sure whether your abusive parent is a pathological narcissist, you will find out.

This audiobook provides a complete picture of narcissistic parenting and gives concrete effective advice to start recovering from CPTSD symptoms. This audiobook contains also practical tips regarding all different situations with narcissistic parents.

If you listen to this audiobook:

  • You will become aware of all the reasons why your childhood was so traumatic.
  • You will learn how to deal with your narcissistic parent without being their victim any longer.
  • You will find out all the dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors that you have developed over the years.
  • You will start healing from the symptoms of Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder, a typical disorder affecting adult children of narcissistic parents.

Adult children of narcissistic parents are often plagued with so much guilt and sense of deep obligation and shame that they feel duty-bound to keep whatever happens a family secret even when it is shredding their lives.

The solution is not forgiving or forgetting, but first of all understanding and working on your self-development, and finally taking back control of your life.

This audiobook is a painful path of awareness, but it is also the first step of a journey that will take you to the life you deserve.

©2019 Caroline Foster (P)2020 Caroline Foster

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robotic reading of pretty judgemental text

It was hard to get past the narration, with awkward prosody and rhythm. the material was insightful but riddled with trite language and lots of judgement. I would expect more used of nonviolent communication in the text and more objectivity BUT this does not appear to be written by a physician or trained expert in the field and the writing is on par with what you would expect from an internet blogger or Wikipedia researcher lacking clinical experience. first book I've read on the topic...im praying something better is out there...

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Misandry and anti-traditionalism

There is plenty of misandry, anti-conservativism and delusional liberal values. The author does not understand masculinity or men. It's also bashes traditional, and cultural family values. The exceptional is held as the norm of mental health. It's clear that she is taking revenge on her narcissist father, but it is uncomfortable and awkward to hear how she judges everyone except for the emasculated man as evil. She also over-simplifies, and uses a lot of stereotypes.

It's still a helpful book, I listen to it because my wife had parents who likely were narcissists. She has CPTSD. I am helped to understand her, the parents, her childhood and her present better. But I don't appreciate having traditional values being bashed.

For example, the author says that the narcissistic parent sees other people as an extension of themselves. That also extends to pushing their children into liberal values, free sexuality and the arts.

The book also amerocentric, and it doesn't translate well into other cultures or traditions. She makes a completely artificial distinction between "keeping secrets" and "privacy". Privacy is a fairly new concept, and is regarded as a human right. But to say that you can't be healthy without it is to exclude large chunks of the globe and most of mankind through history.

Still despite this, I think it's more right than it is wrong. The narration is a little too much, a little creepy.

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Key to Life & amazing listen

This book has a practical approach to the issues I have always had but are now much more serious with my aging self-absorbed parent. I feel much more equipped to 'honor my parent' through their incapacity and dysfunction. Thank you.

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Moments of Insight However Repetitive and General

Decent moments well articulated however incredibly repetitive and utilizes stereotypes far too often. I'm not sure about the educational background of the writer but she doesn't strike me as particularly informed or academically inclined. It's more like she's trying to coin phrases or speak directly to the reader in a really ingratiating manner. Apologies to Trei Taylor but that's some awful narration. I understand the necessity to speak clearly but her style is like an alien learning to speak from midwestern mom....staccato, halting but creepily warm like her voice was dipped in honey.

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Focus is on sons

Extremely cis-hetero-normative and the focus is mostly on the relationships of male children with their parents.

The definitions of narcissist fathers are more in-depth than the singular definition of a narcissist mother.

This is okay for a cis-male.

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Healing starts here with thus book

I loved everything about this book! It answered so many questions that I had about my toxic family and how to heal from it.

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Awesome Book

Great book with lots of information easily packaged to understand. Great for men and women who were victim to narcissistic parents.

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Thought Provoking

Wondering written and wonderfully spoken. I will be listening to this again and again for references.

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Poor Narration and Incoherent Theory

To start, the narration seemed almost intentionally robotic---as if the goal of the job was to sound like a text-to-speech program.

I don't want to write two full paragraphs on the narrations, but I separated this sentence because I want to stress: IT WAS BAD.

Aside from the choppy and tortured narration (please, click the sample button before dropping a credit on this) there was an overload of outdated dogmatic psychobabble. I say this because psychology is still undergoing dramatic shifts at its foundations: there is a push for a complete overhaul of the DSM's structure, many opting for a dimensional (rather than the count-the-symptoms (which themselves vary drastically in severity) approach still used in modern psychology).

I couldn't listen past the first ten minutes, which consisted almost entirely of narcissist bashing (we were raised by narcissists, we already know exactly how we've been tortured). I was hoping for something more insightful, but this came off as whiney complaining rather than helpful guidance.

This came recommended after reading Pete Walker's book on CPTSD, and that's the only reason I gave it a shot. Both production quality and content quality are severely lacking here.

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Excellent book easy listening.

I love that this book has exercises to help you get rid of the unwanted behaviors and thoughts. Easy to listen and very very helpful.

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  • Jose Ilka
  • 03-04-20

Amazing therapy in a book

Just listening to her soothing voice I feel relaxed. I also feel that I learned a lot of therapeutic techniques to practice in my daily life. My mood has improved so much since I started listening to this book. I highly recommend it and I did my research before I decided to buy it. Very worth it!

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  • Hillaby Joachim
  • 03-04-20

An eye awakening book.

An eye awakening book. Easy to listen and it explains so clearly how children of narcissistic parents operate and what steps are needed to move on.

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  • Daldan Leonanie
  • 03-02-20

Important listen

It’s been eye-opening for my friend going through her own troubles. I’d defiantly recommend to anyone going through an emotionally abusive relationship or who has gotten out of one.

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  • Wm Dashiell
  • 02-20-20

Wow nice listen book...

It additionally took me by the hand and demonstrated to me a way out of the individual damnation that such a relationship makes. I have been progressively present, liberal and gainful from that point forward. I prescribed this book to a companion in comparable straights, and it transformed himself also. Much obliged to you for composing it; the result is extremely valuable! Good listen book....

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  • Alexander Hopper
  • 02-20-20

Highly recommend this audio book..

What an eye opener this book was to me. It validated so much of what I already believed to be true and literally told my families story as if the listen had been silently watching my life and that of my family as well. I feel hope for my future because I now understand what I personally need to do to heal. What a gift this book has been to my heart.

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  • Donald Carney
  • 02-19-20

I really love this audio book

Anyone with a narcissistic parent (especially the covert type) will relate to this book. Shahida relates all the lingo of narcissistic abuse specifically to the relationship with a parent. She also describes all the codependency patterns that you can develop as a result of the abuse training in childhood.

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  • Robert Sylvia
  • 02-19-20

Good listen book...

I would recommend each and every book this author writes . she has great insight and is honest and direct .. great listening and awesome help for those who look for answers to their questions on how to heal once the fight seems like its over Good listen book..

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  • VonnieM
  • 01-18-21

Fantastic!

Informative, clear and great as a check list for your healing journey! Good luck everyone.

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  • Michael Timothy Allen
  • 07-30-20

Very clear and informative

Very good source for understanding this issue. I was able to listen to it in the car very easily. Well done Caroline Foster for expanding my understanding.

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  • Gemson Andriette
  • 03-04-20

Very helpful book

Many practices throughout the book, as well as advise. It was enjoyable that the examples were so realistic / relatable, because they were someone’s real experiences, author or reader.