My Mother, My Mirror
Recognizing and Making the Most of Inherited Self-Images
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
As you were growing up, your mother's self-image likely impacted your own in many conscious and unconscious ways. Perhaps those things your mother disliked about herself-her looks, her lack of confidence, or even her personal failures-came to shape your own self-image.
In My Mother, My Mirror, an experienced psychotherapist explores how mothers unwittingly pass on their self-esteem and body image issues to their daughters, helps you break the cycle when parenting your own daughters, and guides you through the process of overcoming the hidden negative messages that keep you from reaching your fullest potential. Without blaming your mother, you will learn to rethink and rebuild your self-image.
A thoughtful and engaging perspective on mother-daughter relationships in all of their complexity.
-Melinda Parisi, Ph.D., psychologist at the University Medical Center at Princeton
“A valuable resource for both the lay audience and clinicians alike, My Mother, My Mirror offers a thoughtful and engaging perspective on mother-daughter relationships in all of their complexity. Laura Arens Fuerstein provides a route for mothers and daughters to examine and re-evaluate the beliefs that serve to keep them bound in self-defeating distortions. She is a compelling storyteller, and her examples, drawn not only from her clinical work, but from works of fiction, biographies, and mythology, provide vivid and engaging illustrations that bring theory to life. Notably, she refrains from blaming mothers (who, after all, are recipients of their own psychic inheritance), and ultimately helps to promote a freer and more authentic sense of self.”
—Melinda Parisi, Ph.D., psychologist and program director of the University Medical Center at Princeton Eating Disorders Program