Overcoming The Legacy Of Hurt
On Sale: October 1, 2009
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An exploration of the darker side of maternal behavior drawn
from scientific research, psychology, and the real-life
experiences of adult daughters, Mean Mothers sheds
light on one of the last cultural taboos: what happens when
a woman doesn't or can't love her daughter.
Mothers reveals the multigenerational thread that often
runs through these stories—many unloving mothers are the
daughters of unloving or hypercritical women—and explores
what happens to a daughter's sense of self and to her
relationships when her mother is emotionally absent or even
cruel. But Mean Mothers is also a narrative of hope,
recounting how daughters can get past the legacy of hurt to
become whole within and to become loving mothers to the next
generation of daughters. The personal stories of unloved
daughters and sons and those of the author herself, are both
unflinching and moving, and bring this most difficult of
subjects to life.
Mean Mothers isn't just a
book for daughters who've had difficult or impossible
relationships with their mothers. By exposing the myths of
motherhood that prevent us from talking about the women for
whom mothering a daughter is fraught with ambivalence,
tension, or even jealousy, Mean Mothers also casts a
different light on the extraordinary influence mothers have
over their female children as well as the psychological
complexity and emotional depth of the mother-daughter
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