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The book I've been looking for all my life.
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2015
This was the book I've been looking for. Written for therapists not the the general self-help market but very accessible for the average reader. The author uses the words "narcissistic family" to describe a situation where a child's needs couldn't be met, for whatever reason - alcoholism; depression, etc. Very helpful to think of it this way and to consider her advice not to justify it with excuses about the parents' own upbringing or existing problems. They couldn't give you what you needed and it has had a big impact on your life. BOOM. Helpful to read about how problems in school would have been handled by a "normal" parent vs. a "narcissistic" parent. I will re-read it many times, I'm guessing.