Difficult Mothers: Understanding and Overcoming Their Power

Difficult Mothers: Understanding and Overcoming Their Power


By (author) Teri Apter

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 18mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 21 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393345440
  • ISBN 13: 9780393345445
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 69,287

Product description

Using the newest research on human attachment and brain development, Terri Apter showcases five different types of difficult mother - the angry, the controlling, the narcissistic, the envious and the emotionally neglectful - and reveals the patterns of behaviour seen in each type. She explains why a mother has such a powerful impact on us and why we continue to care about her responses, and she shows how to conduct an "emotional audit" to overcome the power of the feelings a difficult mother inflicts. The book acknowledges the challenges facing the children of difficult mothers but also celebrates their resilience.

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Author information

Terri Apter is a writer, psychologist and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge University. Author website: www.terriapter.com

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Apter s advice will help readers make sense of difficult mother-child relationships and develop strategies for reshaping responses and expectations. . . . Anyone with a problematic maternal relationship will find empathy and therapeutic approaches for healing. "