Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life

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Author  Dr. Susan Forward

Publisher  Bantam; First Edition (August 1, 1989)

Binding Hardcover with dustjacket

Condition Like new


"Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life" (1989) by Susan Forward is a seminal work that explores the profound impact of dysfunctional parenting on children's emotional health. Forward categorizes toxic parents into several types, including inadequate, controllers, alcoholics, verbal abusers, and physical abusers, and details how their negative behaviors can continue to influence their adult children's lives. The book provides a compelling blend of case studies and therapeutic insights to show how victims of toxic parenting can confront their painful pasts through a process Forward describes as 'emotional emancipation.' This involves setting boundaries, communicating effectively, and working through feelings of guilt and anger. Forward emphasizes the power of therapy and self-help groups in healing and offers practical guidance for readers to reclaim their lives and find personal fulfillment beyond their challenging upbringings.

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