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The Wounded Woman: Healing the Father-Daughter Relationship Paperback – November 3, 1998


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 2 edition (November 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570624119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570624117
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[An] elegant and profoundly original vision of feminine psychology. A revelation for men, an inspiration for women, it offers all of us the chance to break the bitter cycle."—Alan Rinzler, The San Francisco Chronicle.

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An invaluable key to self-understanding. Using examples from her own life and those of her clients, Leonard, a Jungian analyst, exposes the wound of the spirit that arrives from the father-daughter relationship. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The reader from Houston would be advised to start thinking about the teachings of this book while she's doing her laundry.
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The book has good and useful information in it, and plenty of examples which the author uses to make her point.
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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful By juniperuk@compuserve.com on June 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
The reader from Houston would be advised to start thinking about the teachings of this book while she's doing her laundry. She might then find it deeper and more satisfying than her cursory reading of it implies. If it's true that the best books lead us onto other books, then this one passes the test with great generosity: I have already compiled an expanded reading (and film viewing) list from its pages. But it's more than that - a way for a woman to look at herself and the patterns of her life with a balance of emotion and detachment. It does not give easy and quick-fix solutions to what are, after all, heart-wrenching and ingrained problems, but a way towards transformation, towards breaking the negative patterns. On my first reading this book nearly broke me with its clear insights and wise compassion. How could a woman I don't know, half a world away, know so much about me? But it gave me the motivation to dig deeper and wider, and the eyes to see not only myself, my relationship with my father and with men, my creativity, but also my mother, my sisters, my friends. The use of myth - in fairy-tales, legends, novels and films - lends a strong intellectual framework to the book without sacrificing the emotional content, while the author's clinical experience and anecdotes from her own life places it firmly in the lives of real women. The author has done what many men say women cannot do: widen the perspective to embrace the large picture as well as zoom in on the details. I can't recommend this book enough, to men as well as women. Intelligent, perceptive, and emotionally mature.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1997
Format: Paperback
Leonard writes of the wounds of fathers and how they wound daughters. I found this book illuminating for my own understanding of my self and my father. It helped me to develop compassion for my father and it helped me to move out of my own wounding. I recommend this book for any woman searching to understand the source of her angst
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Clea Simon on December 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
What I loved about this book was that unlike so many other books on father-daughter relationships this one did not oversimplify. Too many other books try to blame the father or blame the daughter and to squeeze us all into clear, but inaccurate roles. Linda Schierse Leonard recognizes that we are not always the same, that we are all actors as well as acted upon, and helps make our choices and their consequences clear. Brava!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on August 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I discovered this book after seeing it recommended in May Sarton's At Seventy. She admired Leonard's courage "in talking frankly about her relation to her father and combining her insights learned from patients (she is a psychotherapist) with her experience." Sarton said the book spoke to her with great force. The author uses fairy tales to make some of her points.

Many women suffer from overweight, depression, harmful relationships, drug or alcohol dependency, or anxiety. The author traces much of this to the wounded relationship with the father. Actions that harm the father/daughter relationship include the father's inability to show love, alcoholism, drug addiction, abuse, divorce, abandonment or absence.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nilsa Martinez on February 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
I tried everything to heal the riff between my father & myself. This book really lent a hand. We are all responsible for our healings but books like this are guideposts along the way. It definitely wetted my appetite for more. This book got me started. It was gentle enough just when I needed it most. There are others out there to sock you in the eye. But most people who have been abused cannot handle being punched another time. Gentle persuasion, & loving kindness are the key to really good healing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By anastastasiacat on January 23, 2012
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I bought this book second-hand after looking on Amazon for books related to femininity, abuse and abusive father-daughter relationships. I have done quite a bit of work therapywise and felt this work would be ideal to take me to the next level i.e. stop regurgitating my past and being stuck in the grief stage and move on through practical advice and support. This book is a good piece of literary work (if essays is what you like to read) and it includes a very comprehensive list of books/films/plays that demonstrate the writer's viewpoints in a more concrete manner. In other words, the author has created a template of how women react when their relationship to their father is impared and uses this list to exemplify her point. Granted, I saw a lot of my behaviors in the descriptions of some of those fictional characters but when the time came for the author to give concrete help, she just wrapped up her treaty in a very obscure way. I felt "cheated" because in my humble opinion, the author uses us as a listening ear, as a shoulder to cry on and unburdain herself but she still hasnt solved the issue of femininity herself. I really did not appreciate it when I realised that she was looking for answers just like we were and she was still in the process of healing herself and going through the ups and downs of recurrent memories and excruciating pain. She is even mercurial as the final chapter discloses how the book was her own attempt to come to terms with her personal suffering. If you are looking for just a perspective on how others deal with their pain and how they try to make sense of their private suffering via art by all means by this book. Nevertheless, if you are looking for something deeper, for someone who has seen the "light at the end of the tunnel" and can give you courage that it CAN be done, do not waste your money on it because it might possibly depress you, evoke too much feeling in you and then leave you hanging out to dry!
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