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Mean Mothers : Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt - Peg Streep

Mean Mothers

Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2009
ISBN: 9780061651366
Number Of Pages: 256

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An exploration of the darker side of maternal behavior drawn from scientific research, psychology, and the real-life experiences of adult daughters, "Mean Mothers" sheds light on one of the last cultural taboos: what happens when a woman doesn't or can't love her daughter.

"Mean Mothers" reveals the multigenerational thread that often runs through these stories--many unloving mothers are the daughters of unloving or hypercritical women--and explores what happens to a daughter's sense of self and to her relationships when her mother is emotionally absent or even cruel. But "Mean Mothers" is also a narrative of hope, recounting how daughters can get past the legacy of hurt to become whole within and to become loving mothers to the next generation of daughters. The personal stories of unloved daughters and sons and those of the author herself, are both unflinching and moving, and bring this most difficult of subjects to life.

"Mean Mothers" isn't just a book for daughters who've had difficult or impossible relationships with their mothers. By exposing the myths of motherhood that prevent us from talking about the women for whom mothering a daughter is fraught with ambivalence, tension, or even jealousy, "Mean Mothers" also casts a different light on the extraordinary influence mothers have over their female children as well as the psychological complexity and emotional depth of the mother-daughter relationship.

Forewordp. ix
The Myth of Mother Lovep. 1
My Mother and Her Mother Before Her: Patterns Old and Newp. 36
In the House of the Father: Heroes and Conconspiratorsp. 75
Siblings and Other Rivalriesp. 105
Stilling the Voice of the Mother Within: The Battle for Self-Worthp. 133
Turning the Wheel: Mothering the Next Generationp. 167
Beyond the Mother Myths: A Codap. 197
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
Notesp. 201
Selected Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780061651366
ISBN-10: 0061651362
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st October 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 15.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.41

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