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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (12 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026075
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephan B. Poulter, PhD (Los Angeles, CA), is the author of The Father Factor, The Mother Factor, Your Ex-Factor, and two other books. He has practiced as a clinical psychologist specializing in family relationships for more than twenty-five years. Dr. Poulter lectures widely and appears regularly on radio talk shows and news programs.

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Great book if you starting to figure out the relationship you have with your mother. Very eye opening for me and a lot of aha moments. Not all is relevant and I found some a bit extreme, but the parts that were relevant helped me a lot to understand a lot of things. highly recommend. Having read it cover to cover already, I often refer back to it when in need.
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This is the kind of book that can help you understand your childhood, heal relationship issues with your own mother and learn how to be the type of parent you always wanted to be. It is a book that encourages action - a manual for the 'good enough parent'. Personally, I think the book's premise gives too much weight to a mother's influence on her children's lives #hence the four star rating# but I found it an enjoyable and enlightening read nonetheless and, read in conjunction with other books of its type, a useful self-development tool.
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Very insightful book which makes absolute sense,I found it extremely helpful in looking at my relationship with my mother, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to figure out what the deal is with your mother and to understand that, this relationship is often is the blueprint to our other significant relationships in our lifes.
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I was a little disappointed with this book. It describes the four widely-known mothering styles and outlines the accompanying issues offspring of such mothers will have. I had learned about the four mothering styles in college years ago. I was reading the book looking for answers/ better understanding of why a difficult mother-daughter relationship can be so bad and if there's clarity (if not possible resolution) to be found. I feel my own case escaped the four styles net.
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HASH(0x9ca0b360) out of 5 stars Nothing new here 24 April 2008
By Kerry Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author does a good job of describing the problems associated with the "emotional legacy" we inherit from our mothers, but fails to explore any sort of helpful solution, apart from commonsense exploratory question-and-answer type exercises meant to help the reader identify his/her issues with their mother. The book is also very repetitive. In the end, I didn't come away with any new insights and still feel frustrated about what I awknowledge is a significant roadblock in many people's lives--mother issues--which the author overkills in exploration but doesn't quite manage to tackle in the way I would have expected from a man with 20+ years of experience as a psychologist. Overall, not recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca0bf30) out of 5 stars brilliant book! 11 Sept. 2008
By Haseeb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a book everyone who's intersted in self-empowerment/transformation needs to read and study. In reading this book, I gathered more insight than I've ever read anywhere. I became painly aware of how damaging not having a solid mother figure can have on an individual. What I read explains many of the problems I've had/am having today. The most important thing is to realize how one's mother is a template for how we bond and relate to others as adults. After knowing this, we are better equipped to "re-write" or "re-design" this template. This book can be life changing if you use it right.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ddde294) out of 5 stars Bonding Issues, self-help 31 May 2008
By Irene - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very intense book. It requires a lot of self-reflection and self-honesty. I found it very helpful for uncovering my "blind- spots" in my relationships with my foster-mothers. It is very worthwhile book to read if you are having trouble with bonding issues in relationships.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca4e624) out of 5 stars A mother's 'style' influences adults lifelong 9 July 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
THE MOTHER FACTOR: HOW YOUR MOTHER'S EMOTIONAL LEGACY IMPACTS YOUR LIFE is based on the author's psychology practice and shows how a mother's influence can work either for or against us. A mother's 'style' influences adults lifelong: THE MOTHER FACTOR illustrates these common styles, from perfectionism and best friends to the 'me first' mother, and illustrates combinations of traits in showing how adults can transcend the underlying messages to achieve mental health. General-interest lending collections will find it a popular read with an eye-catching cover.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca4e7e0) out of 5 stars Great Insights Into My Relationship With My Mother! 24 April 2008
By Katherine Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading The Mother Factor and really enjoyed the author's discussion of mothering styles and the kinds of emotional impact that our mothers have in our lives. Dr. Poulter offers a very comprehensive discussion of mother-child relationships and how we develop within this psychological context. I didn't expect the book to solve the issues I have with my mother - no one book will ever do that - but the points and illustrations were thought-provoking and new to me. This book challenges you to take an honest look at yourself and your relationships which is not always an easy task.

I feel like I have a better grasp on some of the things that went on between my mother and myself and this will allow me to start the work I need to do on myself to move forward and create my own legacy. I highly recommend this book to men and women at any age!
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