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The author of Perfect Daughters looks at the problems faced by men from dysfunctional families.
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Suzanne Somers Author of Keeping Secrets and Wednesday's Children Finally, a book to help men and the women who want to understand them.

Publishers Weekly Ackerman offers advice on how to communicate better and grow emotionally. Not just another "men's movement" book, this is a notable addition to the literature on male psychology.

Margo Harakas Sun-Sentinel It's a book of hope, a hand-holding guide for all those men who survived their dysfunctional upbringing, but not without wounds and lingering pain.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (November 10, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067189286X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671892869
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book about a month ago at a used book store for
$5.00. I've read the whole thing except for one chapter about
raising kids because I don't have any.
Granted, there is a lot of the same material covered as you'll find in any of the dozen or so codependence books I've either read all or part of. But there is also some unique material covered from the male angle. So much of the codependence material seems targeted to women and I'm not knocking that but
I think the male thing needs coverage as well.
I think Dr. Ackerman did a good job. But I beleive very much
in the theory which he writes about here....that so much of the
crazy things we do as adults are triggered by something that
happened when we were kids and that we'll be better off if we
can unravel those triggers and thus, defuse them.
Good read.
Paul Bottoms
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Honestly, I'm on chapter four. I was searching for any aid I could find to get me through an emotionally and mentally stressing time. After reading the book's preface, I was transfixed and compelled to read this book, because finally there was someone who understood. Understood the situation, and the person, of my life. I've only begun Dr. Ackerman's book, however, I know I have been much more positive and outgoing due to a new feeling of hope, thanks to Silent Sons. The afterthoughts, case examples, facts, and personal thoughts and feelings make this a real and complete book. A real and helpful book. Silent Sons, by Dr. Robert J. Ackerman, breaks down the concept of silent sons all the way helping to rebuild the healthy, fulfilled you.
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I read this book, possibly out of desperation to understand the man I loved. It gave me an understanding I could never have reached on my own. I became a more patient woman with this man becuase i understood him a little better, and it helped us in our relationship. I can't say how many people I recommended this book to over the years. Quite a few, and they liked it as well.
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The only reason I didn`t rate this book 5 stars is because the Kindle version I downloaded from Amazon has a ton of misspelled words in the text. Fix it please, Mr. Amazon! Otherwise this is an extremely insightful book about men on the effects of growing up in a dysfunctional home. I had previously read a hard copy of the book, which had no typos by the way, and needed to own it. I grew up in a home where a dysfunctional woman married a dysfunctional man and they created an extremely dysfunctional marriage. My brother and I grew up in this dysfunctional home and both of us carried the dysfunction into our own marriages and families. This book helped me diagnose my own low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence which affected my life up until I was 55 years old. A practical and hard hitting book. I am glad that Dr. Ackerman wrote it.
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I was first referred to "Silent Sons" by a man who felt that it had helped him greatly to recover from his expereince of sexual abuse. Since then I used it for my group work with abused men, mentoring, and as a text for a Sociology course on Men's Studies at The University of Prince Edward Island. I believe that reading this book by a man is like having a good friend with one arm on your shoulder as you take a walk though your life and look at all of your issues in a friendly, yet challenging way that is both constructive and empowering in helping a man to be more authentic and to be free form the learned lies of the past.
I highly recommend "Silent Sons" for personal use by men and for women, THE gift for the men in your life. 902-367-2743
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Very good. If you have a husband or partner that avoids hard issues to talk about,
or just doesn't really communicate with you about anything "emotional", then this
book may help you to understand him better, and it may help him to "figure himself
out" more, and open up.
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This is a book that gives a voice to men. Not only in one-to-one situations, but also enabling us as the community to shift the focus from feminism and actually giving the evidence that men also have feelings. They may be severely impacted by their personal histories. And that doesn't even mean that they would like or should be treated as victims. But they deserve to be aknowledged and respected. Marvelous read for all that love at least one man in this world.
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Doesnt write men off as Narcissists or Psychopaths, its more like a caring Uncle who pulls them to one side and shows them how to heal. Wonderful.
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