Will I Ever Be Good Enough?: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers

Karyl McBride, Author . Free Press $24 (243p) ISBN 978-1-4165-5132-4

After 26 years of practice, therapist McBride discovered a distressing commonality with her female patients: a narcissistic mother. “I had treated scores of women who shared many of the same symptoms.... oversensitivity, indecisiveness, self-consciousness, lack of self-trust, inability to succeed in relationships, lack of confidence... and a general sense of insecurity,” McBride writes, and she ties these traits to growing up without a nurturing maternal figure. According to the author, as many as 1.5 million American women have narcissistic personality disorder and can be detected by their self-absorption, inability to empathize and fixation with looks and appearance. McBride presents specific steps toward recovery that daughters of any age can use as they grieve for the love and support they didn't receive, set healthy boundaries with their mothers and access an “internal mother” as a source of self-comforting. The author provides parenting tips as well as advice on maintaining healthy love relationships and friendships—all of which tend to be weak points of the daughters of narcissistic mothers. An excellent bibliography rounds out this revealing book, which ends on a hopeful and pragmatic note. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 07/14/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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