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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 nine books, including 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. A native New Yorker, she is married and lives in Burlington, Vermont.
It was very helpful to realize that there are plenty of women who experienced a life with an unloving mother.
The first part of the book, in which examples of mean mothers were described, was excellent - well organized, with a lot of very cogent insights.
If you have/had a mean mother this is the book to have to work through and understand the many emotions that go with having a mean mother.
Helpful in understanding the behaviors of this type of mother, and carrying on with confidence and purpose. Wish I'd had this book years ago, will be recommending it!Published 7 days ago by Judy A. Klynstra
Peg Streep openly states she is not a therapist, but she diligently does her research! An answer to a prayer. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Atticus
In a number of recent books writers have written about the grief of a daughter losing a mother, but for those whose mother never really "mothered" them have suffered a different... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne-Marie
The introduction is the only part of this book that's worth reading. It wraps up all the points made. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle fan
THIS CAN HOLD YOU SPELL BOUND JUST TRY TO READ THIS AND WATCH HOW IT BRINGS MEMORIES BACK IF YOU HAD A LIFE THAT WAS LIKE THE AUTHORSPublished 2 months ago by ALBERT EINSTEIN
From page 34: "It's worth noting that I am neither a psychotherapist nor a social researcher..." which explains how this book is such crap. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pamela W. Curtis
I skimmed approximately 50% of this book. I thought it had an overly academic, dry feel to it. Boring writing style, to be blunt about it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by kristi
Wonderfully informative read for any child of a parent with borderline personality disorder.Published 3 months ago by Tani D.