- Paperback: 181 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (July 9, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787908703
- ISBN-13: 978-0787908706
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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?Such a find. The concept is an artful and practical synthesis that bears effective witness to the authors' depth of knowledge of contemporary psychotherapeutic literature.? (Joseph R. McCool, Ph.D., past president, Academy of Family Psychology)
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New Hope for Treating Adults Who Have Grown Up in Emotionally Abusive FamiliesIn this compelling book, the authors present an innovative therapeutic model for understanding and treating adults from emotionally abusive or neglectful families? families the authors call narcissistic. Narcissistic families have a parental system that is, for whatever reason (job stress, alcoholism, drug abuse, mental illness, physical disability, lack of parenting skills, self-centered immaturity), primarily involved in getting its own needs met. The children in such narcissistic family systems try to earn love, attention and approval by satisfying their parents' needs, thus never developing the ability to recognize their own needs or create strategies for getting them met. By outlining the theoretical framework of their model and using dozens of illustrative clinical examples, the authors clearly illuminate specific practice guidelines for treating these individuals.
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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 found this book better than others books in this area. It's #1 on my list.