As central as the mother-child relationship is to psychological health, that of the mother and her daughter has its own specificity. Daughters whose emotional needs weren’t met in childhood or who were actively disparaged, ignored, controlled, or scapegoated emerge into adulthood with specific deficits. They may not even know the degree to which they’ve been wounded by their mothers’ treatment until they begin to flounder in life, embark on a series of failed relationships, find it hard to stay balanced and focused, or engage in self-destructive behaviors.
As counterintuitive as it sounds, many daughters don’t even know they’re wounded because they’ve normalized their childhood experiences. They may believe that the way their mothers treated them is how all mothers treat their daughters or, if they’re aware of the maltreatment, they may actively deny that it happened or that it hurt out of a sense of shame.
Four Take-Aways From “Healing From an Unloving Mother” Webinar
- Recognition of the patterns of maternal behavior
- Awareness of how your behaviors are a response to hers
- Deciding to manage the relationship
- Redefining and understanding healing
Peg Streep is the author or co-author of twelve books, most recently Daughter Detox: Recovering from an Unloving Mother and Reclaiming Your Life, which will be available for preorder from Amazon soon. She has been writing about and researching the mother-daughter relationship for close to twenty years—writing Girl in the Mirror: Mothers and Daughters in the Years of Adolescence and Mean Mothers: Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt. She holds degrees in literature from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. A native of New York City, she was an unloved daughter herself and is the loving mother of an adult daughter. She blogs on the subject at Psych Central—Knotted: The Mother-Daughter Relationship. You can visit her on Facebook www.Facebook.com/PegStreepAuthor) or at www.pegstreep.com.
This Live Presentation Has Past, Here is the Recording:
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Eastern
This webinar is a live, 45-minute seminar with a PowerPoint presentation followed by a Q&A moderated by Gabe Howard, host of The Psych Central Show podcast. There is no charge for the webinar, but registration is required. (After the live presentation, a recording will be made available to registrants.)
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