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- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)
- Publication Date: September 28, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0028N60UQ
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The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Pros: (1)Addresses a wide variety of issues (actually this framework does what a theory is supposed to do -ties a number of disjointed ideas together in a meaningful way). (2) Allows for symptoms to be acknowledged and addressed without the need for full-blown pathological diagnosis. Handy if you've read other books and suspected you might have mild, subclinical EVERYTHING. At least on a bad day. (3) Gives some novel (to me) suggestions for dealing with the fallout. (3) Seems based in solid theory and practice. It isn't an empirically based work, but also doesn't pretend to be.
Cons: (1)The main problem from a layperson`s standpoint, is that the book won't stand alone for use for self-help. The intended audience is the experienced therapist who is looking for another perspective to add to their tool box, and don't need that sort of basic tutorial. This could be easily fixed, if desired, in a later edition by adding an appendix with recommended supplementary reading.
Note: This book deals with dysfunctional families where the parents are too caught up in their own needs to parent, not specifically issues faced by people with diagnose-able pathologically narcissistic parents. The book might still be somewhat helpful, but the topic may be different than you'd think from the title.
I gave it 4 stars because I view 5 stars as being too good to be true. 4 stars provides a realistic critique of the information. The only way I would give it 5 stars is if the book gave an answer to every one of my questions; which of course would be unrealistic.
If there are any sons of Narcissistic mothers out there, please hear me when I say Dr. Robert Glover's book, No More Mr. Nice Guy, should be taken with a grain of salt. His book was the first and only from which I have found to have similar correlation to a Golden child son of a narcissistic mother. During his book, he repetitively refers to nice guys as being raised by mothers of 'monogamous' characteristics rather than narcissistic. While this small word interchange may seem minute, to a reader who has no previous knowledge of Narcissism, Glover's book may become a poisonous holy grail of information. If you wish to know what I mean, I encourage you to spend the $35 that this book is well worth.
I found this book better than others books in this area. It's #1 on my list.
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