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If you are an adult child of a narcissistic mother, this audiobook is for you, and if you are not sure whether your abusive mother is a pathological narcissist, you will find out.

If you listen to this audiobook:

  • You will become aware of all the reasons why your childhood was so traumatic.
  • You will learn how to deal with your narcissistic mother without being her victim any longer.
  • You will find out all dysfunctional beliefs and habits that you developed during your childhood.
  • You will learn how to contrast Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. 

The issue of toxic mothers challenges the status quo in so many ways but does need to be addressed. Adult children of narcissistic parents are often plagued with so much guilt and sense of deep obligation and shame that they feel duty-bound to keep whatever happened in the family secret, even when it is shredding their lives. It’s really difficult to share your experience because narcissists, and especially a narcissistic mother, can be very good at creating the perfect image of the family for outsiders.

The solution is not forgiving or forgetting, but understanding and working on your self-development, and finally taking back control of your life.

Even if you were born in the wrong place, growing up dealing with an abusive mother, you can leave the past behind and build a better future by taking control of your life. This audiobook is a painful path of awareness, but it is also the first step of a journey toward a better life.

©2019 Caroline Foster (P)2020 Caroline Foster

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Excellent book but the extremely robotic narration made it very difficult to sit through. Took me quite a few listens to make it through the whole thing.

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eye opening.

loved it and will definitely listen to it again as someone who comes from the unique world of narcissistic parents. This was extremely validating and gave me hope for the future.

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Just what I needed

This book made me understand so much of my childhood, especially the Golden child - scapegoat part. Lots of a-ha moments. Leaves you with a great desire to finally take back control of your life.

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  • DCarter
  • 2020-06-14

STOP!!! SEARCH NO MORE! YOU FOUND THE ANSWER HERE!

I am thankful to have found this book! Anyone that deals with a narcissistic mother, you can find your answers right here! I have been struggling to just survive life due to my narc mother. I am better for listening to this book. I am a new human being and regained my strength! Here's why...

It helps to be able to have the bookmark and clip function to repeat the stubborn lessons I needed to learn and understand. I have gained a new education, awareness of the psychological traps, how to handle difficult arguments, and finally how to have my freedom and peace of mind. (I also lost 7lbs from releasing the stress in 4 days that I was building up - LOL!)

I encourage anyone who has an issue with Narcissists to read Caroline Foster. She's not like the rest giving a bunch of facts from studies at universities or confusing you with a bunch of medical terms. She identifies the problem and tell it exactly how it is! Most importantly she tells you what you need to do to save yourself!

Thank you, Caroline Foster. You saved my life at 46yrs old!!!

God bless you!

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  • SLC
  • 2020-09-21

A little victim-blamey in parts.

I was really enjoying this book until it got to a point (3.4) where the author blames victims of narc mothers for their feelings. She insists that we shouldn't let ourselves feel certain ways in response to things our narc mothers do. She says we feel the way we feel because we WANT to feel that way. "No one can make you feel anything you don't want to feel. You feel these things by choice." The book did validate to me that I have a narc mother, but I'll not finish the book after knowing the author believes our feelings are our fault.

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  • Jessica Hickok
  • 2020-09-27

Narrated by Siri's Narcissistic Robotic Mother

This book has good content, but is narrated by a robot that is emotionless that sounds like she could be Siri's narcissistic mother. It's pretty bad and annoying. Makes it hard to finish the book. I wish I would have read the book, rather than listen to it.

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  • Tracy Brewer
  • 2020-12-07

Not great

I was disappointed with the way in which the author is telling the reader specific things that are not research-based. For example, there is a section where the author says your parent never loved you as an infant. That is a bold statement that may not apply to the reader’s situation but if the reader is feeling disconnected with a family it could cause problems instead of helping find solutions. There are several such examples within this book. A reader needs to be guarded and be aware that everything the author says may not directly apply to their situation. Don’t waste your time.

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  • Anthony Sheffler
  • 2020-09-18

Great information; Insane over use of him/her

Very informative but the writer's approach of topics involves lots of examples containing gendering where gender in reality wouldn't matter or over using "he or she" type language, both to the points that it either gives the impression that the example is a gendered experience even when it isn't or that the he/she's simply over power the actual message. For this reason: this book requires multiple reads to understand what the base messages are but subsequently, these reads will be more painful than the last just for the fact of slogging through the clunky phrasing.

Letter to the author: singular they/them is 100% correct language that we have used for hundreds or years, in fact, you even used it once to describe to possessive nature of a narcissist to **their** children. In the end, it is just more pleasing to read and hear compared to he/she's and him/her's that detract from your intention.

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  • Mahfuz
  • 2020-04-25

Worth information's

This book is really good. I found that in this book thoroughly explains types of narcissistic mothers, the types of abuse, roles of the children, effects of the abuse, and tips for start to heal. The author did a great job.

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  • Tootlashe
  • 2020-09-26

Great read. Enjoyable flow too.

Good text. Gave me a lot of ah ha moments about the relationship I have with my mother and the one I plan to build with my children. It also gave me more insight into me, because understanding these type of things on the outside of me helps me better adjust, react and feel with in and around myself.

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  • Shan Tien Randles
  • 2021-04-12

Very helpful information

This is an excellent book. very informative and well read. I learned a lot of valuable information that will help me for the future.

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  • Inia I. Rodriguez
  • 2021-04-11

This author has taken my life to a whole new level

I loved it! Its the first step I've taken to heal myself and to validate many things I couldn't understand myself. The most important thing I've learned is that a Narcissistic mother gets 'a hit' from making her child cry and feel feel bad or hurt; because this is exactly what feeds her narcissism and it's her addiction. Just like using drugs or alcohol. Its not only eye opening, but for the first time in my life I can understand my narcissistic mother's dynamics to feed her narcissism and her incapacity to show empathy. Yes, even at her very last years of life its been about seeing me defeated so she can continue to feel her grandiose self opinion of herself. Now that I understand, I feel so bad for her and the fact that I depleted all my resources to try to fix her which is like trying to fill up the glass with water and the glass has a hole at the bottom, just like the author is describing and disecting this type of mother. It doesn't matter how quick the water flows into the glass its never enough. Not because of the "water", but because of the "glass". Its never too late to take the steps to heal yourself and know how to deal with this horrible problem. You will not regret it!


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  • Carmen Urquieta
  • 2021-03-26

Excellent This is a Life Saviour!

Excellent This is a Life Saviour! A must read for all of us who were “raised” by narcissistic parents, mothers. Thank you for this book! It changed my life for the better!