Coping with Critical, Demanding, and Dysfunctional Parents: Powerful Strategies To Help Adult Children Maintain Boundaries and Stay Sane

New Harbinger. Nov. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9781684030927. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781684030941. FAMILY LIFE/RELATIONSHIPS
Integrative therapist Allen (How Dysfunctional Families Spur Mental Disorders) writes this book for all who have felt belittled, devalued, controlled, and pressured by their parents but still want to have a relationship with them. First offering insights into why repetitive and difficult interactions take place, followed by techniques and strategies to help readers move beyond the painful effects of dysfunction, Allen then illustrates the use of common "moves" on a parent's part, such as continuing to pick a fight. He then suggests the "countermove" of calling it out, among other beneficial advice. In comprehensively exploring all aspects of dysfunction, he creates real hope for struggling adult children.
VERDICT Highly recommended for anyone who has suffered the effects of a dysfunctional family.
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