Understanding the Borderline Mother: Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship


Understanding the Borderline Mother: Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship Author Christine Ann Lawson
ISBN-10 0765703319
ISBN-13 9780765703316
Year 0000-00-00
Pages 330
Language English
Publisher Rowan & Littlefield
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The first love in our lives is our mother Recognizing her face her voice the meaning of her moods and her facial expressions is crucial to survival Dr Christine Ann Lawson vividly describes how mothers who suffer from borderline personality disorder produce children who may flounder in life even as adults futilely struggling to reach the safety of a parental harbor unable to recognize that their borderline parent lacks a pier or even a discernible shore Four character profiles describe different symptom clusters that include the waif mother the hermit mother the queen mother and the witch Children of borderlines are at risk for developing this complex and devastating personality disorder themselves Dr Lawson s recommendations for prevention include empathic understanding of the borderline mother and early intervention with her children to ground them in reality and counteract the often dangerous effects of living with a make believe mother Some readers may recognize their mothers as well as themselves in this book They will also find specific suggestions for creating healthier relationships Addressing the adult children of borderlines and the therapists who work with them Dr Lawson shows how to care for the waif without rescuing her to attend to the hermit without feeding her fear to love the queen without becoming her subject and to live with the witch without becoming her victim A Jason Aronson Book

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