Understanding the Borderline Mother
  • Author : Christine Ann Lawson
  • Release Date : 29 November 2021
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Genre : Psychology
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN 13 : 9780765703316
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Download or read book entitled Understanding the Borderline Mother written by Christine Ann Lawson and published by Rowman & Littlefield online. This book was released on 29 November 2021 with total pages 330. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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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