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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062204343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062204349
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A riveting, compassionate guide to helping women transcend the wounds inflicted by their rejecting or abusive mothers."--Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., author of "How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To"

"Susan Forward has saved millions of lives with her profound wisdom that children raised by abusive parents need not "forgive and forget" to heal and move on to happy, healthy lives. . . . A powerful guide to self healing."--Carole H. Brower, Research Professor, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA

"I know so many women who will feel enormously grateful for "Mothers Who Can't Love", and rightly so. This thoughtful and thorough book will validate their feelings and their stories, and even more important will offer invaluable and empowering wisdom."--Mira Kirshenbaum, author of "I Love You but I Don't Trust You and "Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay"

"A useful challenge to accepted wisdom about the normally taboo subject of mother love, with helpful tips on how to jump-start the healing process."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Once again Susan Forward has identified an important issue that has been calling out for her expertise and unique perspective. This landmark book is powerful, accessible and extremely supportive - just what women need! Her case examples are riveting, her techniques are brilliant and her wisdom is poignant."--Beverly Engel, author of "Healing Your Emotional Self" and "The Nice Girl Syndrome"

"Forward validates the reader's feelings and presents effective coping mechanisms, offering suggestions on setting boundaries, negotiating for a better relationship, [and] being assertive . . . Highly recommended."--"Library Journal "(starred review)

Forward validates the reader s feelings and presents effective coping mechanisms, offering suggestions on setting boundaries, negotiating for a better relationship, [and] being assertive . . . Highly recommended. --"Library Journal "(starred review)"

A useful challenge to accepted wisdom about the normally taboo subject of mother love, with helpful tips on how to jump-start the healing process. --"Kirkus Reviews""

Once again Susan Forward has identified an important issue that has been calling out for her expertise and unique perspective. This landmark book is powerful, accessible and extremely supportive - just what women need! Her case examples are riveting, her techniques are brilliant and her wisdom is poignant. --Beverly Engel, author of "Healing Your Emotional Self" and "The Nice Girl Syndrome""

A riveting, compassionate guide to helping women transcend the wounds inflicted by their rejecting or abusive mothers. --Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., author of "How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To""

Susan Forward has saved millions of lives with her profound wisdom that children raised by abusive parents need not forgive and forget to heal and move on to happy, healthy lives. . . . A powerful guide to self healing. --Carole H. Brower, Research Professor, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA"

I know so many women who will feel enormously grateful for "Mothers Who Can t Love," and rightly so. This thoughtful and thorough book will validate their feelings and their stories, and even more important will offer invaluable and empowering wisdom. --Mira Kirshenbaum, author of "I Love You but I Don't Trust You and "Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay""

From the Back Cover

Bestselling author Susan Forward looks at the devastating impact unloving mothers have on their daughters and provides effective techniques for overcoming that painful legacy.

Over the course of thirty-five years as a therapist, Susan Forward has worked with a large number of women struggling to escape the emotional damage inflicted by the women who raised them. Subjected to years of criticism, competition, role reversal, smothering control, emotional neglect, and other forms of abuse, women raised by mothers who can't love are plagued by anxiety, depression, relationship problems, lack of confidence, and difficulties with trust.

But as Forward explains in Mothers Who Can't Love, it is possible to heal the mother wound and find help and validation. The many different kinds of unloving mothers the narcissistic mother, the competitive mother, the overly enmeshed mother, the control freak, mothers who need mothering, and mothers who abuse or fail to protect their daughters from abuse are all described in these pages. They each bring unique issues to the mother-daughter dynamic and need to be understood in order for healing to begin.

Filled with compelling case histories, Mothers Who Can't Love outlines the self-help techniques Forward has developed to transform the lives of her clients, showing women how to overcome the pain of their childhoods and act in their own best interests. Riveting and compassionate, this landmark book will give daughters the emotional support and tools they need to reclaim their confidence and self-respect so that the emotional destructiveness they grew up with does not constitute a legacy for future generations."

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A very good comprehensive book on a very much misunderstood dilema for many women.It covers as follows... questioning your mothers love,the severely narcissistic mother,overly enmeshed mother(smothering),control freak mothers ,mothers who need mothering and mothers who neglect,betray and abuse their children.The severely narcissistic mother i could relate to from my own experience,i wish i had found books like this years ago and saved myself alot of heartache,thankyou Susan.More books like this are needed especially with so many therapists lacking in this field.
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If I hadn't read 10 books Before about narcissism, the consequences and what your options are to move forward in Life I Think this would had been a very good book to start with. It describes a narcissistic behaviour and then at the end of the book gives you the alternatives. What I also appreciated is the risen fact of how tabu it is to say it is your mother you have cut off all your Contact with. It is still more acceptable ifr you say it is your father, but it seems people don t have the knowledgde or don't want to understandthat also mothers can psychologically absue you and make your Life hell. I also appreciated the fact that she does tell you that sometimes the only way to survive is to cut off completely and not only that the book also describes the reactions from the surroundings which not Always are described in other books. The only thing that I have found through this journey is that it is Always about mothers and daughters, we are in the situation where we have encountered the son of a narcisstistic mother
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The most informative book about Mother/daughter relationships. Very helpful and would highly recommend it. I have read it once and plan to read it over again.
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