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- Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 206mm x 24mm | 281g
- Publication date: 1 May 2002
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0553814826
- ISBN 13: 9780553814828
- Edition statement: 2 Rev ed.
- Sales rank: 34,581
Millions of lives are damaged by the legacy of parental abuse. Parents who ignored their children's needs or overburdened them with guilt. Parents who were alcoholic or addicted to drugs. Parents who were exploitative and cruel, or simply indifferent and inadequate. When these children reach adulthood the damage done by their toxic parents manifests itself in depression, or difficulties with relationships, careers and decision-making. This landmark book, by bestselling author and psychologist Dr Susan Forward, confronts this painful legacy and shows why it is so difficult to put the past behind you. She offers effective alternatives for achieving inner peace and for freeing yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationships with your parents. Filled with vivid case histories and testimony from adult children of toxic parents, this remarkable book also offers the self-help techniques Dr Forward has developed to change the lives of her patients. With this book as your guide, you will discover an exciting new world of self-confidence, inner strength and emotional independence.
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Dr Susan Forward is an internationally recognized therapist, lecturer and author. Her books, which include Money Demons, the bestselling Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them, Toxic Parents, Obsessive Love, Emotional Blackmail and Betrayal of Innocence, have been translated into fifteen languages. She is much in demand as a guest on the major national media, and she hosted her own daily ABC Talkradio show for six years.
"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