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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Schlessinger Narrator: Laura Schlessinger Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9780060878597
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In her most important book yet, Dr. Laura Schlessinger shows men and women that they can have a Good Life no matter how Bad their Childhood was.

For each of us, there is a connection between our early family dynamics and experiences and our current attitudes and decisions. Many of the people Dr. Laura has helped did not realize how their histories impacted their adult lives, or how their choices in people, repetitive situations, and decisions -- even their emotional reactions -- were connected to those early negative experiences, playing a major role in their current unhappiness.

Dr. Laura will help you realize that no matter what circumstances you came from or currently live in, you are ultimately responsible for how you react to them. The acceptance of this basic truth is the source of your power to secure the Good Life you long for. In her signature straightforward style, with real-life examples, Dr. Laura shows you what you will gain by not being satisfied with an identity as a victim, or even as a survivor -- you should strive to be a victor!

In Bad Childhood -- Good Life, Dr. Laura will guide you to accept the truth of the assaults on your psyche and soul, understand your unique coping style and how it impacts your daily thoughts and actions, and help you embrace a life of more peace and happiness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Schlessinger is a smooth and entertaining spokesperson for her excellent ideas, even when she's navigating through complex sentences. The abridgment and narrative flow of this program are so skillful that every piece of wisdom and all her recommendations unfold with exceptional smoothness and ring true. The clarity and common sense of these ideas, as well as the steady confidence in the author's voice, make this among the best mental health audios available today.”

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  • “Truthfully, there is something in this book for everyone to benefit from.”

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  • AUSA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 2/15/2014

    " dr. laura is definitely not a writer... her run-on sentences and improper punctuation kept slowing me down. but aside from that, i enjoyed her message and found the content really helpful to me personally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolinda Eibert | 2/13/2014

    " The best explanantions I've ever read about just moving on despite the crap you had no control over. Life is not about beginnings...but about the endings. There's always the lesson of change and hope despite the messes. And nobody has the perfect beginning...surprise, surprise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/7/2014

    " DOn't waste your money or your time in a therapist chair, until you read this first. Then if you still need too, that's fine. But this is a great head start if not, "the full enchilada" on how to enjoy YOUR LIFE! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 2/6/2014

    " While I had a wonderful childhood and have a loving family, I believe the principals in this book apply to life's difficult events as they occur at any age or stage. Also, if you have a person in your life that you love or care about that had a Bad Childhood I think reading this book may help you relate to them and help them have a Good Life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlayna | 1/29/2014

    " Healing for proably anyone with a history of hurt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/26/2014

    " I've said it before, Dr. Laura is hardcore, but usually right. I find her practicality refreshing and empowering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lain | 1/25/2014

    " As usual, I agree with most of what Dr. Laura says, though I don't always agree on the delivery. This book was pretty light on the info, I felt, though the recommendations are sound. Basically, if you had a bad childhood, "GET OVER IT." This may be helpful to some who haven't moved on and continue dwelling on the past, but I'm not sure it took a whole book to say that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/22/2014

    " I listened to this on audio cd on my way to work. I was put off by Dr. Laura's tone at first, but she really grew on me, and I learned to appreciate her and the good that she is trying to do. This book was really good with very good points and ideas to know how to move forward despite a trying past. Her main point seems to be to act like you are worth having a good life and make decisions accordingly. I love her no nonsense approach to life. If you want to be happy, then why do you make dumb choices? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara | 1/19/2014

    " I only read this book because the title caught my eye. It was just ok. A lot of her adivce is anectdotal and she uses a lot of quotes from her radio show callers. Some of her ideas were helpful, but without the gospel perspective, it was a little lacking in important areas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh-Anne | 1/12/2014

    " This book was so encouraging and gave great insight in not only dealing with parents, but other relationships that are holding you back from living the Good Life. There is a healthy way to move on and no long fell guilt! I also loved the brief postscript at the end about Dr. Laura's own parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Abercrombie | 1/10/2014

    " As controversial as Dr. Laura is and as much as she makes me raise my eyebrows I've gotta say her brand of tough talk is good for people like me. Motivating and focused, she knows how to cut to the chase for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecil Lyons | 11/24/2013

    " Another great book by Dr. Laura. It boils down to it's your choice on how you live your future. Stop living in the past and blaming your past on your choices today. Don't allow your past to ruin your future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelin Higgins | 11/8/2013

    " Great read - good perspective on forgiveness and acceptance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 9/4/2013

    " Dr. L does not pull any punches in this book. She tells people like it is, which of couse, I love! I especially liked the chapters on dealing with your parents as an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 7/28/2013

    " I really like Dr. Laura. She is very open and honest about life and isn't afraid to tell you that you may be in denial. This is especially a good book for those who blame events in their past for their current actions. Your past should not dictate the choices you make today. Very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy Meyers | 5/25/2013

    " I didn't have a bad childhood but this book was great anyway for helping me to understand what was driving some of my own behaviors and helped me to change them. Also changed my perspective in a positive way on my life as a whole "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Wells | 1/6/2013

    " She is a bit harsh, but sensible:) and I do love sensible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 9/5/2012

    " Found it, some good stuff in here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Joyce | 9/2/2012

    " Helps you understand some folks better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jami | 5/29/2012

    " We had this as a bookclub read (not sure who recommended it) and it was geared more towards people who had an abusive and destructive childhood. I was only able to read the first couple chapters . . . it did help me appreciate my childhood more, even if it wasn't perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/16/2011

    " This book, like all Dr. Laura books, had just the 'get over it' advice I needed. If you want to wallow in your past miserable childhood, this is not the book for you. If you want to get over it and move on...then read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/19/2011

    " INSPIRING book on how to move past trauma and be HAPPY! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 4/25/2011

    " Helped me sort a few things out. :-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jami | 4/3/2011

    " We had this as a bookclub read (not sure who recommended it) and it was geared more towards people who had an abusive and destructive childhood. I was only able to read the first couple chapters . . . it did help me appreciate my childhood more, even if it wasn't perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/12/2011

    " INSPIRING book on how to move past trauma and be HAPPY! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 9/22/2010

    " Change takes a lot more time and effort than Dr Laura claims. One cannot simply decide one day to let go of childhood traumas and say "I'm suddenly happy because I choose to be." It isn't that black and white. There are some good pieces in the book, however, so I gave it two stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 5/5/2010

    " dr. laura is definitely not a writer... her run-on sentences and improper punctuation kept slowing me down. but aside from that, i enjoyed her message and found the content really helpful to me personally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/22/2009

    " I really like Dr. Laura. She is very open and honest about life and isn't afraid to tell you that you may be in denial. This is especially a good book for those who blame events in their past for their current actions. Your past should not dictate the choices you make today. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 12/10/2009

    " Dr. Laura never fails to provoke thought and common sense which encourages growth and strength. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abdullahijazi | 12/3/2009

    " one of the best books read with simple language and to the point of the problem giving good solutions for most bad childhood problems "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 11/24/2009

    " Attitude REALLY does determine our altitude! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara | 9/1/2009

    " I only read this book because the title caught my eye. It was just ok. A lot of her adivce is anectdotal and she uses a lot of quotes from her radio show callers. Some of her ideas were helpful, but without the gospel perspective, it was a little lacking in important areas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette | 3/12/2009

    " My sister got this for me for my birthday a few years ago.... interesting gift, ugh?!? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. Joyce | 2/27/2009

    " Helps you understand some folks better. "

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About the Author

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is one of the most popular talk show hosts in radio history, offering no-nonsense advice infused with a strong sense of ethics, accountability, and personal responsibility; she’s been doing it successfully for more than thirty years, reaching approximately 8.25 million listeners weekly. Her internationally syndicated radio program is also heard on Sirius/XM Radio and is streamed on the Internet and podcast via StreamLink. She is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, which range from the provocative to the poignant. Her support of children and family values is legendary.