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Publisher's Summary

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

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"The author provides parenting tips as well as advice on maintaining healthy love relationships and friendships." ( Publishers Weekly)

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A MUST read for everyone!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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!

Have you listened to any of Karyl McBride’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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!

Any additional comments?

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".

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Exactly What I Was Looking For

What made the experience of listening to Will I Ever Be Good Enough? the most enjoyable?

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!

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An eye opener

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

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Liberating, Calming, Soothing, and Healing

What did you love best about Will I Ever Be Good Enough??

This book focused primarily on healing, as opposed to diagnosing and blaming.

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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!

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Finally a book that validates my struggles raised from a ignoring narcissitic mother

I found this book very helpful in understanding how your woundedness from childhood affects your adult relationships.

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Helpful

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.

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Acceptance and grief

Will I Ever Be Enough showed me how to love myself, and how to be there for the little me.

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Actually offers real, step by step instructions

this book offers real step by step instructions for how to recover. it's not just a book of stories or a book that you can identify. it actually tells you what steps to take, when to take them and examples of how to do so successfully. Very good! I am in the recovery stage now and this book is helping. I really like that the speaker was calm. I also like how in the book she discusses that sometimes you may have to repeat some steps and it natural. also how she gives examples on how to deal with your mother's reactions as well as assessing your relationships with friends and significant others. very well thought out. glad I listened to it!

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Soothing enlightenment with excellently delivery

Would you consider the audio edition of Will I Ever Be Good Enough? to be better than the print version?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Will I Ever Be Good Enough??

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.

What does Karyl McBride bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The clarity of her voice provides an authentic note of personality as she describes her experiences as a child, teen, student, and adult.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Mommy Dearest Returns

Any additional comments?

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...

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Great 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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-24-18

true and real

this book really spoke to me and resonated within me. I listened to it post recovery and it affirmed my sense of self.

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  • Marcia Staples
  • 05-30-15

interesting

An excellent read... I was amazed how much us daughters take on board....there is hope

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  • Sarah S
  • 10-10-18

highly recommended,

Really helpful in a loving a practical way. I'd highly recommend to anyone who is struggling with this.

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  • Telvicky
  • 03-15-18

It's a must read for DONM'S

This is a very thorough book, it's not only a self help experience, but a guide and support in recovery of many elements of a woman's life including friendships, relationships and motherhood.

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  • Annie
  • 03-13-18

recommended

recommended if u are unsure if it's you or your mum has a problem or not

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  • julie
  • 03-09-18

We Never Stop Learning. Take notes.

Truly enjoyed this book. I will Re-read again. Growth Discovery and influential. Highly Recommended for all.

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  • lenkabelka
  • 09-24-17

Deep, powerful, saved me and my daughter

Very deep and powerful book, requires bravery to go through to the end to the core. Will read this as a bible multiple times. It's a lifetime book which has to kept through out a life time. Get yourself a lot's of tissues and stay brave right untill the end.

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  • 09-17-17

Thank god it’s not just me

I’d never heard of the concept of narcissist mothers and found this book ticking so many boxes for me even though she’s not a narcissist, she just has a couple of traits. The solutions and advice at the end I also found very helpful; I revisit them every time I face a challenging time with my Mum.

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  • Mum4kids
  • 08-21-17

Exactly what i needed!

Absolutely outstanding. Suddenly everything made sense. All my struggles, all my worries, my depression, my emptiness, my failures. The questions I asked myself for nearly a decade were answered in this book. A true blessing. Thank you Dr. McBride!

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  • Rami Mansour
  • 12-30-16

Excellent book

Brilliant book.

Would recommend to anyone with relationship issues with their mother.

A must read

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  • Dee
  • 02-29-16

Lifesaving.

Loved it. Listened twice. Bought the paperback as well. This is my "bible ", my manual, map, how-to guide. It is my story. My saving. Thankyou.

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  • C&J.A18
  • 05-20-16

helpful

This book striked a chord with me. I am lookingvat other titles now. Planning on listening to it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful