Attachment Theory

3 Signs of A Wounded Self

At 35, Gwen is a successful businesswoman—an executive in advertising— and well-regarded but her personal life is another story. As the daughter of a highly controlling mother whom she tries desperately to please but who makes her feel like a failure because nothing she does is ever good enough, she still struggles with relationships: “ I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a girlfriend or a lover—I anticipate rejection all the time. It’s driving my current boyfriend crazy, in fact. I think he’s tired of reassuring me.”

Attachment Theory

Mom: The Most Powerful Person In A Daughter’s World

Robert Whitehead, Wikimedia, Creative Commons

The word "powerful" isn't one that normally comes to mind when we think about mothers or motherhood.

The pastel-tinted vision of mother and child captured by Mary Cassatt or Pierre-Auguste Renoir is what springs to mind, along with words such as "unconditional love," "caring," "nurturing," and "supportive. But "powerful" nonetheless is the right word because a mother's face is the mirror in which a daughter...