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Mothers Who Can't Love Paperback – 21 Oct 2014

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  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (21 October 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006220436X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062204363
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Susan Forward has saved millions of lives with her profound wisdom that children raised by abusive parents need not "forgive and forget" to heal and move on to happy, healthy lives. . . . A powerful guide to self healing."--Carole H. Brower, Research Professor, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA

"Forward validates the reader's feelings and presents effective coping mechanisms, offering suggestions on setting boundaries, negotiating for a better relationship, [and] being assertive . . . Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)

"A useful challenge to accepted wisdom about the normally taboo subject of mother love, with helpful tips on how to jump-start the healing process."--Kirkus Reviews

"Once again Susan Forward has identified an important issue that has been calling out for her expertise and unique perspective. This landmark book is powerful, accessible and extremely supportive - just what women need! Her case examples are riveting, her techniques are brilliant and her wisdom is poignant."--Beverly Engel, author of Healing Your Emotional Self and The Nice Girl Syndrome

"A riveting, compassionate guide to helping women transcend the wounds inflicted by their rejecting or abusive mothers."--Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., author of How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To

"I know so many women who will feel enormously grateful for Mothers Who Can't Love, and rightly so. This thoughtful and thorough book will validate their feelings and their stories, and even more important will offer invaluable and empowering wisdom."--Mira Kirshenbaum, author of I Love You but I Don't Trust You and Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay

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Over the course of thirty-five years as a therapist, Susan Forward has worked with a large number of women struggling to escape the emotional damage inflicted by the women who raised them. Subjected to years of criticism, competition, role reversal, smothering control, emotional neglect, and other forms of abuse, women raised by mothers who can't love are plagued by anxiety, depression, relationship problems, lack of confidence, and difficulties with trust. But as Forward explains, it is possible to heal the mother wound and find help and validation.

Filled with compelling case histories, Mothers Who Can't Love looks at the devastating impact unloving mothers have on their daughters and provides effective techniques to help them overcome the pain of their childhoods, reclaim their confidence and self-respect, and break the cycle of emotional destructiveness for future generations.

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