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Recovering from emotionally immature parents : practical tools to establish boundaries and reclaim your emotional autonomy / Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD.

By: Gibson, Lindsay C.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oakland, California : New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2019Description: vi, 208 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781684032525; 1684032520.Subject(s): Parent and adult child | Adult children of dysfunctional families -- Mental health | Emotional maturity | Dysfunctional families -- Psychological aspectsDDC classification: 306.874 Summary: Growing up with emotionally immature parents can leave you feeling lonely and neglected. You may have trouble setting limits and expressing your feelings, and you may even be more susceptible to other emotionally immature people as you establish adult relationships. Gibson offers tools to help you step back and protect yourself at the first sign of an emotional takeover. She shows you how to make sure your emotions and needs are respected, and how to break free from the coercive control of EI parents. -- adapted from back cover Adapted from back cover
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In this important sequel to Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, author Lindsay Gibson offers powerful tools to help you step back and protect yourself at the first sign of an emotional takeover, make sure your emotions and needs are respected, and break free from the coercive control of emotionally immature parents. Growing up with emotionally immature parents (EIPs) can leave you feeling lonely and neglected. You may have trouble setting limits and expressing your feelings. And you may even be more susceptible to other emotionally immature people as you establish adult relationships. In addition, as your parents become older, they may still treat your emotions with mockery and contempt, be dismissive and discounting of your reality and try to control and diminish your sense of emotional autonomy and freedom of thought. In short, EIPs can be self-absorbed, inconsistent and contradictory. So, how can you recover from their toxic behaviour? Drawing on the success of her popular self-help book, Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, author Lindsay Gibson offers yet another essential resource. With this follow-up guide, you'll learn practical skills to help you recognize the signs of an EIP, protect yourself against an emotional takeover, reconnect with your own emotions and needs and gain emotional autonomy in all your relationships. This is a how-to book, with doable exercises and active tips and suggestions for what to say and do to increase emotional autonomy and self-awareness. If you're ready to stop putting your own needs last, clear the clutter of self-doubt, and move beyond the fear of judgment and punishment that's been instilled in you by emotionally immature parents, this book will help you find the freedom to finally live your life your way.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-208).

Growing up with emotionally immature parents can leave you feeling lonely and neglected. You may have trouble setting limits and expressing your feelings, and you may even be more susceptible to other emotionally immature people as you establish adult relationships. Gibson offers tools to help you step back and protect yourself at the first sign of an emotional takeover. She shows you how to make sure your emotions and needs are respected, and how to break free from the coercive control of EI parents. -- adapted from back cover Adapted from back cover

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Part I What You've Been Up Against Dealing With Emotional Immaturity
  • 1 Your Emotionally Immature Parent (p. 9)
  • What It's Like to Be Involved with Them and How They Got to Be That Way
  • 2 Understanding Emotionally Immature Parents (p. 25)
  • Their Personality Traits and Emotional Takeovers
  • 3 Longing for a Relationship with Your EI Parent (p. 45)
  • Why You Keep Trying
  • 4 How to Resist Emotional Takeovers (p. 65)
  • Recognize Others' Distortions and Don't Disconnect from Yourself
  • 5 Skills to Manage Interactions and Evade Coercions (p. 83)
  • Actions That Empower You
  • 6 EI Parents Are Hostile Toward Your Inner World (p. 101)
  • How to Defend Your Right to Your Innermost Experiences
  • Part II Emotional Autonomy Reclaiming The Freedom To Be Yourself
  • 7 Nurturing Your Relationship with Yourself (p. 121)
  • How to Trust Your Inner World
  • 8 The Art of Mental Clearing (p. 139)
  • Making Room for Your Own Mind
  • 9 Updating Your Self-Concept (p. 157)
  • How to Correct Distortions and Enhance Self-Confidence
  • 10 Now You Can Have the Relationship You've Always Wanted (p. 177)
  • Just Focus on One Interaction at a Time
  • Epilogue: Bill of Rights for Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents (p. 197)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 203)
  • References (p. 205)