Synopses & Reviews
The first book specifically for daughters suffering from the emotional abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough?
provides the expert assistance you need in order to overcome this debilitating history and reclaim your life for yourself. Drawing on over two decades of experience as a therapist specializing in women's psychology and health, psychotherapist Dr. Karyl McBride helps you recognize the widespread effects of this maternal emotional abuse and guides you as you create an individualized program for self-protection, resolution, and complete recovery.
Narcissistic mothers teach their daughters that love is not unconditional, that it is given only when they behave in accordance with maternal expectations and whims. As adults, these daughters have difficulty overcoming feelings of inadequacy, disappointment, emotional emptiness, and sadness. They may also have a fear of abandonment that leads them to form unhealthy romantic relationships, as well as a tendency to perfectionism and unrelenting self-criticism or to self-sabotage and frustration. Dr. McBride's step-by-step program will enable you to:
—1) Recognize your own experience with maternal narcissism and its effects on all aspects of your life
—2) Discover how you have internalized verbal and nonverbal messages from your mother and how these have translated into overachievement or self-sabotage
—3) Construct a personalized program to take control of your life and enhance your sense of self, establishing healthy boundaries with your mother and breaking the legacy of abuse
Warm and sympathetic, Dr. McBride brings a profound level of authority to Will I Ever Be Good Enough? that encourages and inspires you as it aids your recovery.
"The author provides parenting tips as well as advice on maintaining healthy love relationships and friendships." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Psychotherapist Dr. Karyl McBride provides a guide for daughters of narcissistic mothers to break free from the cycle of overachievement or self-sabotage and take control of their lives.
About the Author
Karyl McBride, Ph.D., is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than thirty years of experience in public and private practice. For the past twenty years, Dr. McBride has been involved in private research concerning children of narcissistic parents. She lives in Denver, Colorado. More information can be found at www.nevergoodenough.com. Karyl McBride, Ph.D., is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than twenty-five years of experience in public and private practice. For the past seventeen years, Dr. McBride has been involved in private research concerning children of narcissistic parents. She lives in Denver, Colorado.