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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.
Mean 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 relationship.
Peg Streep is both the daughter of a mean mother and the devoted mother of an adult daughter. She is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including Quitting--Why We Fear It and Why We Shouldn't-- in Life, love, and work, Girl in the Mirror: Mothers and Daughters in the Years of Adolescence and the bestselling Necessary Journeys: Letting Ourselves Learn from Life, both with Dr. Nancy L. Snyderman. Streep holds degrees in English from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She is a blogger for PsychologyToday.com and lives in New York City.
I am a mental health counselor who recommends this well researched and well written book to all my clients. Peg Streep is the expert to consult in this field. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deedra
Good validation that I was NOT TOTALLY to blame for my mother's actions towards me for 60+ years! Did I cry at her memorial service? No. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeanne D. Taylor
This is a meaningful, helpful, example-filled book for those of us who have/had horrible, sadistic mothers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandi
Bravo to Peg Streep for writing this book. As she explains in the beginning, it is a taboo subject because of the Norman Rockwell/ Hallmark version of motherhood.... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joyful Mama
I have already recommended . ...I sent to my mean mother...I hope she read it !Published 4 months ago by kathleen curley
Can't wait for the "Mean Brother: Favorite Child of the Mean Mother" book aka SOB. I've had to cope with these two for years and years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sls