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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,085 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Buck Narrator: Jo Anna Perrin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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When you were a child...

  • Did your parents tell you you were bad or worthless?
  • Did your parents use physical pain to discipline you?
  • Did you have to take care of your parents because of their problems?
  • Were you often frightened of your parents?
  • Did your parents do anything to you that had to be kept secret?

Now that you're an adult...

  • Do your parents still treat you as if you were a child?
  • Do you have intense emotional or physical reactions after spending time with your parents?
  • Do your parents control you with threats or guilt?
  • Do they manipulate you with money?
  • Do you feel that no matter what you do, it's never good enough for your parents?

In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents---and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 StacyM | 2/13/2014

    " I really liked the way this author approached the topic -there are a lot of examples and no type of abuse is given a trump card over another. Also the different types of abuse (physical, sexual, verbal, etc.) are broken up by sections, so you can easily skip something if it's not relevant. If you've recently begun to realize that the negative voice in your head is an adaptation of one or both of your parents' voices, then this is a great book to get started freeing yourself from the cycle of guilt and shame you put yourself through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa Taylor | 2/8/2014

    " Too much to absorb at one reading. I'll go back and read this again. However, I found comfort in knowing that I was on the right track to freedom and liberation long before I read this. The thing I learned I need to do is to grieve for the child I never was; it's not self pity it's true grief. When I can do that, I think the true me will be revealed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 2/3/2014

    " I purchased this book after my mother died. I read this book in 3 days while cleaning out her apartment. I absolutely recommend to anyone who has or had difficult parents growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walter | 1/28/2014

    " Great advice on how to avoid being sucked in the narcissistic needs of the toxic parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxy | 1/11/2014

    " Very interesting book especially if you have issues with you parents. Not that I'm saying I do, but it's enlightening to some of the behaviors I have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Cushing | 1/4/2014

    " The title pretty much says it all. If you have a parent(s) who has been abusive to you, read this book. A lot of things I grew up with going on in my very dysfunctional family, I didn't even realize they were so abnormal. The first thing I read in this book was a checklist of behaviors to help you tell if your parents were toxic. I checked off almost every single one. This book is a very difficult read at times because of the emotional issues involved. But a friend recommended it to me, because it had helped him a lot. And reading it helped me too - it gave me a lot of positive steps I could take to reclaim my self-esteem and have my own life separate from the legacy of my childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dalyn | 12/30/2013

    " A really great book that helped me break the cycle of abuse. Opened my eyes. Thank you Susan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn | 12/28/2013

    " This book just changed my life. If only I would have discovered it earlier... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SheWunders | 12/28/2013

    " I think this book is helpful, but a little extreme in the examples. I substitued this book for counseling. It helped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sary Fairchild | 12/25/2013

    " A good reference for anyone who works with adult victims of child abuse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Sheppard | 12/21/2013

    " A great book for anyone who suffered as a child. Great techniques and perspectives to help people move beyond their past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann M | 12/2/2013

    " I like the title best of all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 columbialion | 9/29/2013

    " A topic which I have had much too close experience "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Festa | 7/26/2013

    " This book gives realistic family examples and the feeling and emotions that accompany certain difficult situations in which many of us have gone through with the so-called disfunctional family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Momma Bekah | 7/6/2013

    " This has helped so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Campbell | 4/30/2013

    " The best book ever written on healing from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Hillard | 12/29/2012

    " The psychology student in me just had to read this. It's pretty awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Martin larvik | 3/31/2012

    " Life changing... So hard to read, so worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/31/2012

    " Reading it for a friend. ;-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kes Swanson | 3/2/2012

    " This was a quick read but really didn't offer any useful, or real world, advice on how to overcome toxic parenting and reclaim your life. The book mostly focused on realizing and confronting the toxic parents. I would have given this book 2.5 stars if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/28/2011

    " Really, really good -- not condescending, not prescriptive, and thoughtful. *Re-readable*. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Tatar | 12/22/2011

    " This book helped me to overcome a few childhood issues that needed to be addressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 9/17/2011

    " a hard read but if you need it, helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 9/14/2011

    " Good explanation of the effects of some parenting methods "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 8/16/2011

    " Wish I had read it earlier in life. Very helpful advice and information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 8/12/2011

    " Really interesting and helpful book to restart living without the toxic parents influence! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/30/2011

    " Read this because a student recommended it, largely so I could understand her situation better (presumably). Sad, sad stories in here. It's amazing how much destruction and hurt takes place, quietly, behind the doors of perfectly respectable homes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Myrtle | 6/30/2011

    " Moyennement intéressant. Un catalogue de traumas suivi de conseils malheureusement répétitifs, vagues. Un poil décevant et attendu. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 5/3/2011

    " The best book ever written on healing from a dysfunctional and/or abusive family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/10/2011

    " The psychology student in me just had to read this. It's pretty awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxy | 1/17/2011

    " Very interesting book especially if you have issues with you parents. Not that I'm saying I do, but it's enlightening to some of the behaviors I have. "

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