A Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear
An intriguing exploration of the psychology of mothering, A Potent Spell demonstrates how a mother's deep, abiding drive to protect and care for a child has created a profound, and often exploited, vulnerability in women. With historical evidence, interviews, and personal experience, the psychotherapist Janna Malamud Smith brings a rich sensibility and rare intelligence to this subject.
No mother will be a stranger to the guilt, fear, and worry surrounding the effort to keep her child safe. Smith centers her book on these rip-tide emotions and their manipulation by American society and media. Groundbreaking and thoroughly illuminating, A Potent Spell "should cast a beacon upon a history of prejudice and bad science" (San Francisco Chronicle).
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A potent spell: mother love and the power of fearUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
A clinical psychotherapist and social worker, Smith offers a unique take on the experience of motherhood. She posits that a mother's all-consuming need to keep her child safe renders her vulnerable ... Read full review
Review: A Potent SpellUser Review - Jada Roche - Goodreads
An interesting but unsatisfying read...possibly because many of the conclusions in the book are ones I found myself at years ago as I started parenting. It's a very dry read, and really wasn't what I ... Read full review
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