Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers: Quiet the Critical Voice in Your Head, Heal Self-Doubt, and Live the Life You Deserve

New Harbinger. Nov. 2022. 184p. ISBN 9781648480096. pap. $18.95. RELATIONSHIPS
Many people navigate adulthood with psychological scars imprinted by their parents. Adult daughters of narcissistic mothers are particularly susceptible to negative feelings about themselves and shame surrounding their relationships with their mothers. Clinical psychologist Kriesberg describes types of narcissism and explains how the narcissists’ use of gaslighting and a lack of empathy often leave their daughters feeling alone. They may also have a hard time setting boundaries and tend to live their lives for others. Kriesberg introduces readers to various psychological therapies and exercises designed to help them discover who they are and what they want out of life. Readers are directed to websites where they can access and practice various exercises to develop coping skills. As a result, readers will be able to develop self-confidence and trust in their inner voice.
VERDICT While aimed at daughters of narcissistic mothers, Kriesberg’s practical advice is applicable to anyone dealing with challenging parents, not just narcissists. Readers who have already engaged in self-exploration may not learn as much, but this primer will serve as an excellent entry for those beginning to deal with the aftermath of growing up with a narcissistic mother.
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