Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life Paperback – January 2, 2002
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
All parents fall short from time to time. But Susan Forward pulls no punches when it comes to those whose deficiencies cripple their children emotionally. Her brisk, unreserved guide to overcoming the stultifying agony of parental manipulation--from power trips to guilt trips and all other killers of self worth--will help deal with the pain of childhood and move beyond the frustrating relationship patterns learned at home. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A dynamic, powerful, hard-hitting book. It offers tremendous hope as well as understanding. It could truly be a lifesaver.”
— Abigail Van Buren, “Dear Abby”
“I consider Susan Forward to be among the foremost therapists of our age.”
— John Bradshaw, author of Healing the Shame That Binds You and Homecoming
Bantam Books by Susan Forward:
Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them:
When Loving Hurts and You Don’t Know Why
When It Hurts Too Much to Let Go
Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
"Our parents plant mental and emotional seeds in us -- seeds that grow as we do. In some families, these are seeds of love, respect, and independence. But in many others, they are the seeds of fear, obligation, or guilt." (Page 5)
"You may be thinking, 'Wait a minute. Almost all the other books and experts say I can't blame anybody else for my problems.'
Baloney. Our parents are accountable for what they did. Of course, you are responsible for your adult life, but that life was largely shaped by experiences over which you had no control.
The fact is:
We are not responsible for what was done to us as a defenseless child!
We are responsible for taking positive steps to do something about it now."
Once you peel away your defenses, you'll discover feelings of rage, anxiety, hurt confusion, and especially grief. The destruction of your lifelong image of your parents can elicit powerful feelings of loss and abandonment.
The process of diminishing the negative power of your parents is a gradual one. But it will eventually release your inner strength, the self that's been hiding all these years, the unique and loving person you were meant to be." (Page 11).
Although I am not a religious question, but I have a question. "What does Jesus and inmates in the penitentiary have in common. They both agree with on how to deal with child abusers and pedophiles. Jesus clearly put it this way: "whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."
Doctor Forward not only helps the reader identify toxic relationships between family members, but also shows how to start the healing process. She advises that the reader seek professional therapy in addition to using her techniques. The techniques themselves seem simple enough, but can me emotionally draining. I have compared it to lancing an abscess: the gunk inside is released and the wound(s) is (are) allowed to heal properly.