BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dr. Susan Forward's Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them.
When you were a child...
Did your parents tell you were bad or worthless?
Did your parents use physical pain to discipline you?
Did you have to take care of your parents because of their problems?
Were you frightened of your parents?
Did your parents do anything to you that had to be kept secret?
Now that you are an adult...
Do your parents still treat you as if you were a child?
Do you have intense emotional or physical reactions after spending time with your parents?
Do your parents control you with threats or guilt?
Do they manipulate you with money?
Do you feel that no matter what you do, it's never good enough for your parents?
In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward drawn on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents -- and discover an exciting new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.
My parents have been emotionally abusing me for years. I’m 20 years old. They’ve convinced themselves that my depression is my problem and deflect all their criticisms onto me. They control everything about me. Whenever a therapist says they’re the problem, they cut them off from me. I’ve lost friends because they’ve taken them away once I told them what was going on. They closely monitor my texts, my internet. They’ve disabled apps on my phone. I rarely get to be by myself throughout the day. They made decicions about college without me. They’ve prevented me from getting a job and learning how to drive. I don’t know how, but someone please help. I’m at the end of my rope. I don’t want to live here anymore but don’t know what to do.
Read and Learn (to change)
This book will rock your world. For me it's like scales being removed from my eyes, and learning I'm not the problem. It's never too late to shed your Toxic Parents. Only wish I could tell this author in person what this book meant to me.
Worth the read
My parents and I have a better relationship because of this book and boundaries