- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Jossey Bass; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (25 Jun. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787908703
- ISBN-13: 978-0787908706
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.3 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment (Psychology) Paperback – 25 Jun 1997
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"The authors have skilfully presented an often difficult topic in an easy–to–read work which will be of value to helpers at any stage of their professional development." (Anglican Theological Review)
?So readable and chock full of understandable case examples that it demands to be shared with patients. It focuses on the conduct of parents and their children trying to make sense out of their chaotic lifestyles in search of love, self–esteem, acceptance, and inner peace. Its valuable insights can be potent reinforcers of the therapeutic experience.? (Jack G. Wiggins, Ph.D., past president, American Psychological Association)
?Such a find. The concept is an artful and practical synthesis that bears effective witness to the authors′ depth of knowledge of contemporary psychotherapeutic literature.? (Joseph R. McCool, Ph.D., past president, Academy of Family Psychology)
?I believe that this book should be required reading for every family physician. It is a real eye opener for those physicians who routinely prescribe psychotropic medications without psychiatric input and without insisting on the patient′s participation in therapy.? (Laurence Bouchard, D.O., past president, American Association of Doctors of Osteopathy)
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New Hope for Treating Adults Who Have Grown Up in Emotionally Abusive FamiliesIn this compelling book, the authors present an innovative therapeutic model for understanding and treating adults from emotionally abusive or neglectful families? families the authors call narcissistic. Narcissistic families have a parental system that is, for whatever reason (job stress, alcoholism, drug abuse, mental illness, physical disability, lack of parenting skills, self–centered immaturity), primarily involved in getting its own needs met. The children in such narcissistic family systems try to earn love, attention and approval by satisfying their parents′ needs, thus never developing the ability to recognize their own needs or create strategies for getting them met. By outlining the theoretical framework of their model and using dozens of illustrative clinical examples, the authors clearly illuminate specific practice guidelines for treating these individuals.See all Product Description
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"a chronic need to please, an inability to identify feelings, wants, and needs; and a need for constant validation."
"In the narcissistic family, children are recruited in the process of satisfying the parents' needs."
The good news is that it is possible to change these behavior traits and the book outlines the way forward with the different steps explained with many good examples.
It feels like a relief that someone could actually explain why one is behaving as one is, especially when one considers oneself to come from a 'normal' family without specific abuse problems.
A highly recommended book if you think you come from a narcissistic family or just want to understand human nature better.
The reader gets a close up and revealing look at the formation of narcissistic behaviour and tendencies, and the negative thought loops associated with them that can lead to depression.
After reading this book and other books on narcissism I don't think I need to read any more books about dysfunctional families. I began by reading Harriet Learner's the Dance of Intimacy; Victoria Secunda's When you and your Mother Can't Be Friends; Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse; Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families and a whole host of others. But this is the ultimate because any type of family dysfunctional can be traced back to the notion of a narcissistic family system and narcissistic parents. Because any other family issue can be dealt with by empathy and flexibility however difficult the conditions are, which narcissists lack. This book has been extremely validating. Even just seemingly minor examples in the book completely correspond to my experience. Before I read this book, I had the idea to frame a picture of myself as a child- as a tribute to overcoming my dysfunctional past. I waited a long time to find a really nice expensive frame. Lo and behold- in one of the chapters they advise that you should frame a picture of yourself as a child (and I think- even went as far to say- choose a really nice frame!Read more ›
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I assumed this would be a book about Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). And I think this would be a common assumption. But the title is misleading. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nicodemus
truly life-changing. a must read for anyone who had the misfortune to live with a narcissistic parent.Published 13 months ago by Pam
An amazing book, easy to read and gives a very good insight into the dynamics of a narcissistic family set up and also helps to guide you away from the influences of family of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nomu
A good read - probably better for therapists, but as a daughter of a narcissistic father, I enjoyed it.Published 21 months ago by Babyblue1982
Good book with a good overview of behavioral traits found in narcissistic families, although the book claims to address narcissistic dysfunctional behaviours seen in families in... Read morePublished 22 months ago by hardworkingstudent
This was a really interesting and relaxed audiobook. Very easy to listen to in the car and very clear format and excellent examples to back up points. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2014 by L. PARKS
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