The New Don't Blame Mother: Mending the Mother-Daughter Relationship
This revised edition by a research psychologist shows how to stop blaming mother and, instead, start loving her. By identifying dangerous myths about mothers, Caplan shows how anger and agony can be replaced with a new bond based on understanding and respect.
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The new don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationshipUser Review - Book Verdict
In this revision of her 1989 book of the same title, Caplan, a clinical and research psychologist, examines the pervasiveness of mother-blame in society and identifies ten myths surrounding motherhood (e.g., "good mothers" don't get angry). She takes an especially close look at the role psychologists and therapists have played in promoting these myths. The book's second half makes suggestions for improving relationships between mothers and adult daughters through honest communication and a rejection of the myths. Certainly, readers will question some of Caplan's views of women and mothers: she seems to overlook many healthy, thriving mother-daughter relationships, and not all readers will agree that the myth of male superiority is as widespread as the author suggests. Nevertheless, this work is well researched, with extensive notes and suggestions for improving relationships. Recommended for public libraries.--Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD ...