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Bad Childhood---Good Life: How to Blossom and Thrive in Spite of an Unhappy Childhood Paperback – May 29, 2007
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Forget about simply accepting or forgiving your parents for their errorsDr. Laura extols the virtues of conquering. Through excerpts from her radio show and letters from her listeners, she illustrates her points about guilt, anger and fear in personalized accounts from individuals. Short lists and question/answer sections make for an easy read that allows you to smoothly fast forward and backtrack to the topics you find most relevant at the momentand numerous references to other chapters and her website provide all the additional information you could want. Faith is a subtle but definite component; some readers will find it the most helpful part of the book while it decidedly won't appeal to others.
Not everyone will agree withor appreciate--her succinct manner that drives right to the root of issues. Like her show, the book presents absolutes rather than possible alternatives. For readers looking for a definitive method for moving past childhood issues, Dr. Laura might offer the solution. Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I also admire Dr. Laura for revealing her childhood as well. not many authors do that. Many folks think she is a hyprocrite; she is not. Instead, she has learned from her childhood and own guilt and, in my opinion, is therefore an authority to write on the subject. She knows from whence she speaks, bless her hard-hitting, no-nonsense, to-the-point heart.
I have recommended this book to my all of my friends, regardless if they had good or bad childhood's. The reason I recommeded it to those who had good childhood's is so that they have a better understanding of those of us who had bad childhoods.
I was pleasantly surprised. There is no propaganda here, just helpful bits of information and advice not only from Dr. Laura, but from her listeners as well.
How much you personally gleen from this book depends on how far along you are in your healing. I'm pretty far along, but I still found several helpful pearls of wisdom. Some subchapters did not apply to me at all, so I simply skimmed them. Others who are just beginning on their healing journey will probably want to read the whole book, though, and might confuse some of the messages herein. For example, Dr. Laura's message in general is NOT "get over it." But she makes a point that, once you have identified your issues and dealt with them for a time, there is no need to dwell on them forever. Actually, her message is that you can transform the negatives into positives and have a good life in spite of even the most horrific childhoods.
Dr. Laura uses Carly Simon, her own stories and radio call-ins to help wounded adults, stuck in their past, break free from self-destructive patterns and move on.
Fans of Dr. Laura school will love this book, because it's her best book so far. If you're not a fan, this book probably won't make you one.
Dr. Laura's approach was one that works for me. I can see by some other reviews that it may not work for everyone, but ultimately I felt that it helped me deal with some things. In my case it wasn't early childhood but the high school years and beyond that were tough. Although no book perfectly suits everyone's personality, there is enough good information in this book that if you are really wanting to better yourself emotionally this will most likely help you.
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Extremely well written and to the point. Would highly recommend to everyone. Even for those who had a good childhood, it can provide a deeper understanding of the behaviors and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rod Lutz
Ordered for my brother-in-law who thinks he is somewhat damaged from his childhood. He likes it so far.Published 2 months ago by Noriko Meguro
Just information and stories related to callers. Very disappointedPublished 2 months ago by jennice
Very wonderful! I bought this book for myself long ago and now buying it for my cousin. It is a very good book. Helpful!Published 3 months ago by Coco
I absolutely love this book. I have a copy already and it has so many things that are highlighted, and I have notes in the margins! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amanda Mitchell