ME TIME is not a celebration of victimhood, but rather a clear appraisal of behavioral traits which often hinder people from having a happy adulthood...the clear and accessible structure of ME TIME makes it an excellent read. --IndieReader
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Author Jennifer Beall wrote the manual for those of us who struggle with taking care of others but not ourselves. She gracefully leads readers through a well-choreographed dance rich with common sense, sensitivity, compassion and simple instructions for balancing techniques. But she doesn't stop there. Beall offers suggestions on ways to deal with guilt and how to battle the resentment often felt towards those who demand our attention. --The Portland Book Review
Beall says the key is learning to distinguish altruism from codependency, and she gives readers practical tools to get there. Readers will learn how to delegate tasks, say no, and set other boundaries--recognizing that chronically bending over backwards for others isn't necessarily a sign of generosity as much as low self-esteem.--The San Francisco Book Review
From the Author
I am deeply indebted to the staff and clients of Chrysalis House, a residential treatment center for women with addictions in Crownsville, MD. I started there as an intern and, at the end of my internship, was hired as a therapist. When I started the internship I knew very little about addictions. I had never heard of codependency or Adult Children of Alcoholics. Chrysalis House provided me with an excellent education about all of those topics. I greatly appreciate the patience shown by staff and residents as I learned.
My time at Chrysalis House provided the basis for my private practice, which provided the basis for this book. Both my practice and this book are dedicated to helping women whose emotional needs were not adequately met when they were growing up, leading to low self-esteem, perfectionism, and people pleasing, among other things.
I am also indebted to Melody Beattie, John Bradshaw, Dr. Karyl McBride, Pia Mellody, and others whose work has informed my understanding of these issues.
I particularly appreciate my clients' willingness to share their stories with me and to allow me to use them in the book--it would be a much less relatable and interesting book without them!
I am now in the beginning stages of creating a workbook to accompany "Me" Time. It will provide space to record responses to the "Putting It Into Action" sections of the book chapters, but will also add new questions and exercises that complement the book's content.