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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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

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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- Ali

Book Details

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