Difficult Mothers by Terri Apter
Understanding and Overcoming Their Power

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She herself may not be ignorant, but she presumes ignorance in her readers, and is occasionally guilty of claiming that she has charted virgin psychoanalytic territory.
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An essential work for readers seeking compassionate, wise guidance about the powerful relationship between mothers and their sons and daughters.


Mother love is often seen as sacred, but for many children the relationship is a painful struggle. Using the newest research on human attachment and brain development, Terri Apter, an internationally acclaimed psychologist and writer, unlocks the mysteries of this complicated bond. She showcases the five different types of difficult mother—the angry mother, the controlling mother, the narcissistic mother, the envious mother, and the emotionally neglectful mother—and explains the patterns of behavior seen in each type. Apter also explores the dilemma at the heart of a difficult relationship: why a mother has such a powerful impact on us and why we continue to care about her responses long after we have outgrown our dependence. She then shows how we can conduct an “emotional audit” on ourselves to overcome the power of the complex feelings a difficult mother inflicts. In the end this book celebrates the great resilience of sons and daughters of difficult mothers as well as acknowledging their special challenges.
 

About Terri Apter

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Terri Apter is a writer, psychologist, and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge University. Her books include The Sister Knot and What Do You Want from Me? She lives in Cambridge, England.
 
Published May 7, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 257 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Rachel Cusk on Aug 24 2012

She herself may not be ignorant, but she presumes ignorance in her readers, and is occasionally guilty of claiming that she has charted virgin psychoanalytic territory.

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