Discovering the Inner Mother: A Guide to Healing the Mother Wound and Claiming Your Personal Power

Morrow. Jan. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9780062884442. $27.99. PSYCH
In her debut book, writer and life coach Webster presents a guide to help women recognize, address, and heal their “mother wound,” defined by the author as “a set of internalized limiting beliefs…that originate from the early dynamics with our mothers.” While sons can have mother wounds, this volume focuses on those experienced by daughters. Healing one’s mother wound requires women to shift from needing external approval to relying instead on inner acceptance, providing them with the nurturing and support that may not have been possible from their own mothers owing to patriarchal limitations in society. When individuals work to heal their mother wounds, the author maintains, true growth and connection with others are possible, which eventually leads to larger societal change. Webster candidly shares her own transformative journey and offers questions for reflection and exercises to allow readers to better come to terms with their past, but those looking for more in-depth guidance or information on how to avoid inflicting a mother wound on their children may have to supplement elsewhere.
VERDICT Those with estranged or difficult relationships with their mothers will find affirmation. Good for collections strong in feminist works or the psychology of family dynamics.
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