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Toxic Parents

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132 x 206 x 24mm | 281.23g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Rev ed.
  • 0553814826
  • 9780553814828
  • 24,643

About Susan Forward

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.show more

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"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 Youshow more

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"I consider Susan Forward to be among the foremost therapists of our age"show more

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ARE YOU THE CHILD OF TOXIC PARENTS? WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD... *Did your parents tell you you were bad or worthless? *Did your parents use physical pain to discipline you? *Did you have to take care of your parents bacause of their problems? *Were you often frightened of your parents? *Did your parents do anything to you that had to be kept secret? NOW THAT YOU'RE AN ADULT... *Do your parents still treat you as if you were a child? *Do you have intense emotional or physical reactions after spending time with your parents? *Do your parents control you with threats or guilt? *Do they manipulate you with money? *Do you feel that no matter what you do, it's never good enough for your parents? In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents - and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.show more

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