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Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life by Susan Forward (This book will help you understand the effect your parents still have on your life and will show you how you can reclaim your life. Excellent book)! A reader from the US says "My life changed after I read this book in 1988. I finally understood how my childhood shaped my adult life. I was able to forgive my parents for some of their behaviors toward me and my siblings. I don't care what they do with their lives, I just learned how to not let their dysfunctional behavior affect my life any longer.
I recently gave a copy of the book to my husband who also grew up in a dysfunctional family. He is not even finished with the book and has already come to a new understanding of his life. It has already started helping him break the grip of a controlling parent. He is really letting go.
We decided that we weren't going to continue the cycle that was started by our parents. We intend to raise our child in an emotionally healthy environment.
I recommend this book to everybody who wants to take control of their feelings and their life."
Susan Forward has written many excellent books. Some of those include Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them "(A must read for any woman who has ever been in a destructive relationship)." When Your Lover Is a Liar : Healing the Wounds of Deception and Betrayal "(This very useful guide shows us how to detect lies in those we love, confront the liar, and work through the betrayal so we emerge stronger and wiser)." Emotional Blackmail : When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You (This book "...presents the anatomy of a relationship damaged by manipulation and gives readers an arsenal of tools with which to fight back)."
Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse by Jennifer J. Freyd (Recommended book for the layperson and clinicians both. The author describes how childhood abuse is forgotten and why). Jennifer J. Freyd understands the operation of memory in both professional and personal terms. As an academic psychologist, Professor Freyd has researched the psychological processes of memory and the physiological operation of the mind. In Betrayal Trauma, she uses the generally accepted findings of cognitive science to formulate a psychological theory of recovered memory. But Jennifer J. Freyd's interests and involvement in the study of recovered memories is not strictly academic. During her research, Freyd "uncovered" her own memories of childhood abuse. Her parents, who vehemently denied her allegations, have helped found an organization to support others "falsely accused" by individuals with "recovered memories" of abuse. Freyd's personal stake in the subject matter ironically causes her to go the extra mile in maintaining professional objectivity. While partisan detractors of other stripes will likely disagree, most of Freyd's well-written study sticks to the scientific processes that could supply an explanatory basis for forgetting and remembering traumatic experiences. Freyd mostly eschews victimology. She even considers how artificial memories could be the result of bad psychotherapy. Betrayal Trauma outlines a compelling thesis of how memory operates that addresses a controversial topic with great aplomb.
Twisted Roots of Evil by Susan Kesegich (The author tells her story of her abusive childhood. She and her siblings were exposed to incest, physical beatings, mental abuse, deprivation and poor living conditions. She shares how she has triumphed from her past and has become free. A must read for survivors). "Twisted Roots of Evil details the authors journey from her abusive upbringing in the rural south to survival at the turn of the millennium. As a child, Susan Kesegich and her sisters suffered extreme neglect, sexual, mental and physical abuse. Their father raped them and they watched him tie their mother to a tree, light a fire beneath her, and shoot at her. Marrying at the tender age of fourteen to escape the horror."
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller (Discusses not so visible forms of child abuse and how it affects us). As charming performers who skillfully reflect their parents expectations, far too many children grow into adults driven to greater and greater achievements by an underlying sense of worthlessness. Never allowed to express their true feelings, and having lost touch with their true selves, they act out their repressed feelings with episodes of depression and compulsive behavior. They in turn inflict the same legacy of repression on their own children.
Happiness Is a Choice by Barry Neil Kaufman (EXCELLENT book discussing our thoughts and attitudes and how they affect our lives. This is a perfect book for someone facing PTSD). This superb book is one to read and buy for family and friends. Barry Neil Kaufman, therapist, author, motivational speaker, and co-founder of the Option Institute, has observed that despite disappointments, illnesses, and physical and emotional problems, people who are most successful in finding happiness share certain traits. He shows us how to use these traits to change our lives quickly, easily, and without pain.
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