The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment

  • by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, Robert M. Pressman
  • Narrated by Karen White
  • 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Absolutely the WORST narration I have ever heard!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am visually impaired and can not "read" this book-if you can, avoid the torture of the narration and do it!

I am four chapters into the book and find the information interesting. I want desperately to continue listening but find the narration absolutely painful to listen to. I read the posted reviews before I bought the book and a reviewer wrote a great deal about the poor narration. I thought "It can't possibly be THAT bad!" Well, it can-and it is almost unbearable. This is an academic book and the narrator has added sighs and irritation into lines that are supposed to be coming from a therapist. Throughout most of the book the words are disjointed and robotic. It sounds like a "type to talk" communication device for the disabled. I need the information being provided but I may have to look for a different version from another vendor because I don't think I can stand this for another 5.5 hours. Finally. to the previous reviewer who warned me-I wish I had listened!


What did you like best about this story?

Good information on the subject being presented.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen White?

ANYONE!!!!! Although in fairness, part of the problem is the disjointed recording,


Was The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment worth the listening time?

I don't know if I will get through the book listening to this narrator, The book may be good-but no amount of knowledge may be worth the audio pain I am experiencing.


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- chris

Very Helpful

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

yes, i could relate to many of the stories and see my own situation and the book helped me to accept my own (Lack Of) relationship with my parents.


What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the variety of examples and the way in which they were told.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i was more at peace after reading this book and more able to let go of the "fantasy" of family that i had carried with me for so many years...thinking it could be "fixed" if only i could "fix it"... i am more prepared to just "let it be."


Any additional comments?

i would recommend this book to anyone who has has emotionally abusive parent (s)

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- Pamela

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-31-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios