Healing Begins with Awareness, Understanding and Action!
Children of mothers with narcissistic tendencies find it difficult to get the nurturing and acceptance they need to develop a healthy sense of identity, self-esteem, and self-worth. As adults, they may treat themselves accordingly; disliking, ignoring, or neglecting themselves, taking unnecessary risks, being attracted to people who aren't good for them, minimizing themselves so others can feel good, staying in hurtful relationships, and putting themselves last or not at all. They may have difficulty overcoming feelings of unlovableness, unworthiness, loneliness and the “not good enough’s.” They may be perfectionists because that’s how they earn love, affection, and respect. They may secretly fear being alone, and form one-sided, unfulfilling relationships but find it almost impossible to leave them.
Support, Validation and Growth
If any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone. If there is a feeling of manipulation, power struggle, or unkindness in your relationship with your mother, this book can help. If you second-guess your memory, doubt your judgment or sanity, or continually seek your mother's withheld affection, attention, or approval, this book can explain why.
What Readers are Saying
The best part of this book is that the author lived what we lived, so what she says is very insightful and relevant to what we are going through in our own recoveries from Narcissistic mother abuse.
--DaVincis Muse, Amazon Verified Purchase
A Brilliantly Written Book
This book addresses a unique trauma. It provided the psychological antidote I have wanted for a long time. Diane Metcalf writes with confidence and clarity and her compassionate voice will be a soothing balm for many broken and hurting hearts.
--Romuald Dzemo, TheBookCommentary.com
This Book is Terrific
I recommend it to all my patients who are working through these kinds of issues.
--Bernard B. Kahan, M.D. Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry
Diane Metcalf wrote the highly praised "Lemon Moms" series, an emotionally supportive collection that explains maternal narcissistic traits and how to get over past hurts, begin healing, and move forward.
Diane is an experienced advocate, speaker, and writer. She developed coping skills and strategies during her own healing journey and happily shares those with anyone who wants to learn. She has counseled in several human service areas including domestic violence, holds a BA in Psychology and an MS in Information Technology.