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Publisher's Summary

In this compelling book, the authors present an innovative therapeutic model for understanding and treating adults from emotionally abusive or neglectful families - families the authors call narcissistic. Narcissistic families have a parental system that is, for whatever reason (job stress, alcoholism, drug abuse, mental illness, physical disability, lack of parenting skills, self-centered immaturity), primarily involved in getting its own needs met. The children in such narcissistic family systems try to earn love, attention, and approval by satisfying their parents' needs, thus never developing the ability to recognize their own needs or create strategies for getting them met. By outlining the theoretical framework of their model and using dozens of illustrative clinical examples, the authors clearly illuminate specific practice guidelines for treating these individuals.
About the authors: Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman is a therapist, consultant, and trainer. She is known for her work with dysfunctional families, particularly with survivors of incest. Robert M. Pressman is the editor-in-chief and president of the Joint Commission for the Development of the Treatment and Statistical Manual for Behavioral and Mental Disorders.
©1994 Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and Robert M. Pressman (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ali on 09-27-12

this book is a fortune

Would you listen to The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment again? Why?

YES,there are so much to learn about the human being behavior & the unconscious motivations for that behavior in this book.

What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

clarity of her voice

Any additional comments?

great book for the social workers & clinical therapists and the psychologists

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Elle on 10-31-15

Wow.

... I had no idea that there were others who could, not only understand what I went through as a child... & even now, but who could put it words & explain the actual issues. I'm overwhelmed with the hope that I'm not alone & I am so grateful to know that there is help! This book is a God send to my family! Thank you!!

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