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When you are a victim of emotional abuse by a parent, you find it hard to understand how and why, and are you, as they love to say, living in a fantasy world for a;ter mentioning it. Feb 26, Mari rated it really liked it.

Lists with This Book. Interesting but did not offer any profound insight into forming a better relationship with a difficult mother.

Difficult Mothers Quotes Showing of 7. The Angry Mother – a mother who uses anger to manipulate or control her offspring.

This book might change your life as well. It is the aptfr that our battles no longer between ourselves and a mother but between the history that formed us and our better possible selves. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Terei, on the other hand, you are looking to ‘overcome the power’ of a difficult mother you will find very little of substance here. I go weak at the knees when she turns against me.


This chapter provides hope for mothers that the ghosts of the nursery can indeed be put to rest by gaining an understanding of one’s own experience and developing new patterns of parenting. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. The book is careful to mention that this “difficult” label can be used to describe either parent – or jothers caregiver, whomever that may be.

Difficult Mothers by Terri Apter – review

Apr 05, Triecia Gibney rated it really liked it. The book is very easy to read with no jargon and psychological concepts are clearly explained in layperson language. If only this book had been around 25 years ago Why doesn’t Twrri address the role of non-mother primary caregivers in a child’s life? It should be apparent within a couple of pages of the “Difficult mother types” chapters if that one applies to your mother or someone you know.

Difficult Mothers

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I try to remind myself that the worst of it will pass, that she won’t be like that forever.

Topics Health, mind and body books. And as Terri Apter demonstrates in Difficult Mothersthe impulse motheers attain greater objectivity about formative experience can simply result in more entrenched subjectivity.

I suspect the author believes she has accomplished both goals, but that is based on her claims that ‘once you have full understanding of a diffjcult mother and your responses to her, then you can change your thought patterns accordingly’.


Nov 11, Lara rated it really liked it. She herself may not be ignorant, but she presumes ignorance teri her readers, and is occasionally guilty of claiming that she has charted aoter psychoanalytic territory. Available Our Retail Price: Now I can clearly see why that is, and just understanding that makes a big difference in how I will be able to move forward in my relationship with my own mother.

Retrospect is no guide, despite the soft-psychoanalytic suggestion that one can become a better person by understanding the ways in which one was wronged. Perhaps your partner’s short fuse does not prevent them from being loving and supportive. Her definition is the best I’ve ever heard. Dealing with a difficult parent takes a lot of work on motgers part, because you know in your heart of hearts that your difficult parent won’t meet you half-way.

Difficult Mothers Quotes by Terri Apter

Preview — Difficult Mothers by Terri Apter. Aug 14, Carol rated it liked it. If I had chosen the book because I was also seeking to ‘overcome their power’ I would have given a much lower rating. Mar 22, Amy rated it really liked it.