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Mothering ourselves : help and healing for adult daughters
Bassoff, Evelyn.
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New York : Dutton, [1991]

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xviii, 202 pages ; 23 cm
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With examples drawn from her own experience, from her patients' stories, and from myth, fairy tale, and contemporary fiction, Dr. Bassoff shows readers how to overcome the conflict between intense identification with and resentment of the mother that so often causes women deep unhappiness.

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Booklist Review

Appealing to the growing interest in the long-term effects of the parent-child relationship, Bassoff discusses how mothers influence their children in positive and negative ways from birth on into adulthood, focusing in particular on how negative experiences manifest themselves in adult daughters. Unlike many other books on the subject, however, Bassoff's doesn't simply dwell on recognizing how mothers can impede their children's maturation, but also considers the healing process that will help the adult child come to terms with her past and realize her own potential as a human being. Writing a remarkably sensitive book as well as a sensible one, Bassoff draws on her own life and on case studies to illustrate the various problems as well as possible solutions to this mother-daughter dilemma. Recommended for psychology and self-help collections. Notes, bibliography; to be indexed. ~--Jill Sidoti

Publisher's Weekly Review

This one-sided study of mother-daughter relations is based on the premise that mothers are the chief cause of their daughters' problems; fathers and their impact on daughters are only briefly mentioned. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved