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Publisher's Summary

With Mothers Who Can't Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters, Susan Forward, Ph.D., author of the smash #1 best-seller Toxic Parents, offers a powerful look at the devastating impact unloving mothers have on their daughters - and provides clear, effective techniques for overcoming that painful legacy.
In more than 35 years as a therapist, Forward has worked with large numbers of women struggling to escape the emotional damage inflicted by the women who raised them. Subjected to years of criticism, competition, role-reversal, smothering control, emotional neglect and abuse, these women are plagued by anxiety and depression, relationship problems, lack of confidence and difficulties with trust. They doubt their worth, and even their ability to love.
Forward examines the Narcissistic Mother, the Competitive Mother, the Overly Enmeshed mother, the Control Freak, Mothers who need Mothering, and mothers who abuse or fail to protect their daughters from abuse.
Filled with compelling case histories, Mothers Who Can't Love outlines the self-help techniques Forward has developed to transform the lives of her clients, showing women how to overcome the pain of childhood and how to act in their own best interests.
Warm and compassionate, Mothers Who Can't Love offers daughters the emotional support and tools they need to heal themselves and rebuild their confidence and self-respect.
©2013 Susan Forward (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By wendy on 03-25-15

Very Powerful. Deserves 6 stars!

If you could sum up Mothers Who Can't Love in three words, what would they be?

Empowering. Inspiring. Helpful.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love this narrator! Her voice is comforting and genuine. She really brings this book to life.

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This book helped me more than any other similar book has. The author really hits the nail on the head and she gave me permission to heal. She was pulling thoughts out of my head and she will hold your hand and walk you through every twist and turn. I noticed myself thinking questions like "how do I" and "what if" and "yeah, but"... well, keep listening. She will address everything you're thinking about. And, this is the first book that was powerful enough to actually get me to do the exercises - and I felt so good after I did them. The first exercise was startling for me in how powerful it was. I ended up outside late at night, barefoot, in my pajamas, smiling and feeling so happy!! I don't want to spoil anything, but don't dismiss the exercises (like you usually do, and like I usually do.)

If you're looking for permission to heal, to overcome and summon your strength to find joy and meaning for yourself, this is the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Casandra on 08-24-16

Incredibly validating and empowering.

Must read for anybody recovering from the abuse of a narcissistic mother, regardless of what stage you're at in the recovery process. I read numerous books and watched hours upon hours of YouTube videos about healing from the abuse prior to listening to this book and thought I'd hear something similar to the rest but this one stands alone as one of the best!

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