Transcending Turmoil: Survivors of Dysfunctional Families

Donna F. LaMar, Author Plenum Publishing Corporation $27.95 (299p) ISBN 978-0-306-44127-1
Transcenders, adult children of dysfunctional families who have overcome abuse and neglect on their own, develop techniques to maintain an authentic sense of self, stresses the author, a Michigan psychologist. Transcenders succeed by affirming themselves, by distancing themselves from their families and drawing closer to others. There are touching case histories of how to do so. ``Transcenders as children, learn to nurture and protect themselves on very little,'' writes LaMar. ``They take in, absorb, and savor tidbits of offerings. These offerings are used for growth over many years.'' The healing process is carefully documented so that others may follow suit. The guide is instructive reading for those who have yet to start the process, as well as for those who are on their way. (May)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1992
Release date: 01/01/1992
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