Unloving Mothers and the Power of Denial

Years ago, I was sitting in the Green Room at ABC, about to go on national television to launch Mean Mothers. A young assistant producer came in and asked me this: “Would you have written this book if your mother were alive?” I answered: “Yes,

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Dealing with a Manipulative Mother

Among the things I hear most often from adult daughters is the regret that they don’t have the kind of relationship they long for with their mothers. Sometimes, it’s expressed as jealousy of other women who do have that kind of connection—you know,

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Did You Marry A Narcissist?

The most frequent question posed to me by daughters whose emotional needs weren’t met in childhood—who grew up insecurely attached and anxious about ever being loved—is this: “How did I not see who my husband was?

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