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In this important sequel to Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, author Lindsay Gibson offers powerful tools to help you step back and protect yourself at the first sign of an emotional takeover, make sure your emotions and needs are respected, and break free from the coercive control of emotionally immature parents.

Growing up with emotionally immature (EI) parents can leave you feeling lonely and neglected. You may have trouble setting limits and expressing your feelings. And you may even be more susceptible to other emotionally immature people as you establish adult relationships. In addition, as your parents become older, they may still treat your emotions with mockery and contempt, be dismissive and discounting of your reality, and try to control and diminish your sense of emotional autonomy and freedom of thought. In short, EIs can be self-absorbed, inconsistent, and contradictory. So, how can you recover from their toxic behavior?

Drawing on the success of her popular self-help book, Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, author Lindsay Gibson offers yet another essential resource. With this follow-up guide, you’ll learn practical skills to help you recognize the signs of an EI, protect yourself against an emotional takeover, reconnect with your own emotions and needs, and gain emotional autonomy in all your relationships. This is a how-to book, with doable exercises and active tips and suggestions for what to say and do to increase emotional autonomy and self-awareness.

If you’re ready to stop putting your own needs last, clear the clutter of self-doubt, and move beyond the fear of judgment and punishment that’s been instilled in you by emotionally immature parents, this book will help you find the freedom to finally live your life your way.

©2019 Lindsay C. Gibson (P)2019 New Harbinger Publications

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-20

Asinine

If you are a 14-yr-old girl with no social skills and are excited at the prospect of a 7-hr relationship self-help article in a tabloid magazine, this book is for you.

Gibson's earlier book, Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, was poorly written, but touched on some very important topics and was quite insightful in my view. I'd hoped this book would expand on those topics. Instead, it obscures them with oversimplified drivel that no trained therapist would take seriously, like 'just snap out of your dissociation'. Read Adult Children of EIPs, but skip this one. Seems like she's just trying to squeeze a few more bucks out of people.

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  • Ann
  • 14-03-20

I wish I had this 40 years ago

This book gives you a clear understanding of how your childhood experiences shape your current decisions- who you let into your life and what behavior you accept.

It also helps you determine who has your best interests at heart and how to recognize people who are keeping you in their orbit for their own purposes.

Lastly, it gives you strategies for changing how you act and react so your decisions benefit your mental and emotional health.

It’s amazing how your schedule frees up when others realize they can’t use and abuse you anymore.

Highly recommended for people who frequently think, “There’s something wrong about this.” You are right.

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  • blackburn.emily
  • 28-01-20

Very insightful

Very insightful. Great examples of EIP’s behavior and how to take back your identity. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-05-20

Life-changing

Want to change your life, read this book. Especially if you've been raised by emotionally immature parents.

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  • Jennifer Poland
  • 28-01-20

Did not enjoy the narration

I think the information here is important but I was too distracted with the narrator’s cadence. Purchased the ebook and exchanged for a different title.

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  • Aaron P.
  • 17-02-21

Unbelievably accurate!

Unbelievably accurate! Amazingly insightful! Wonderfully helpful! I truly wish I had this book 40 years ago! But, I'm glad I have it now, and I'm sharing it with all my siblings and others who have EIPs! Thanks, Dr. Gibson!

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  • yesenia
  • 18-12-20

Helped me out so much

This book has helped me out so much. At one point before this book, I was feeling like I was going crazy and the on at fault. That my mother’s actions were because of me. I feel much more confident. The only problem I see is that most of this advice is for those who have already moved out of their home and away from their parents. However many of us are adults and still unable to leave home. I was hoping I’d hear advice regarding that

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-20

Life changing

I've never heard my relationship with my mother laid out so explicitly and accurately. Thank you for giving me the language to voice how I've always felt and new language to set boundaries. This has altered my perception of myself and the love I deserve.

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  • Laia
  • 08-12-20

A must read if you are an adult children of Emotionally Immature Parents or if you treat people with this background

I love that gives a ton of language to experiences that are hard to articulate, and the advice is spot on, very practical and sound. Of all the books about NPD/BPD parents, this book’s language is the least blaming, more validating and least extremist. Every time I read it I feel seen in ways that I rarely feel, and it really really helps. Lindsay C. Gibson is my magical fairy godmother now. Go listen to it!

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  • Lucy Mann
  • 22-11-20

Practical solutions. Awful narration.

This second book on emotionally immature parents is more solutions focused. I still recommend listening to the first book. It has been helping me deal with my mother. The narration is awful though. The ladies tone goes up and down that becomes distracting. You may want to purchase the physical book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-20

This book was an absolute revelation for me

I cannot express how elucidating and valuable this book has been for me. It felt like someone watched my life and then wrote a book about it. So many things were put into words that I did not have words for before. I would absolutely recommend this book for anyone struggling with mental health/addiction recovery/self esteem etc. who may understand that their upbringing had some part to play but have not yet fully explored it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-20

One of the best books I ever read!!

a lot of books of this type follow same patern of "tear it down and later build it up". By this I mean that roughly this kind of books has intro, later they state the problem and last chapter is solution. But as a person who had experienced a lot in life I find it hard to go through long chapters of "stating a problem" with no "daylight". In this book I felt they have used a bit different approach as to state a problem and give you a solution and explanation based on that. With every chapter I felt more and more empowered and free. Honestly my biggest and the most sincere THANK YOU to author of this book!

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  • Simon
  • 06-04-20

Very good in self discovery but not trauma.

This was actually similar to her excellent last book in the first half with practical advice in the second. However if you feel you have trauma from abuse then see a counsellor too.

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  • Just Me
  • 01-07-20

Interesting

Hits a wide range of people, goes under your skin and make you see how vulnerable you are

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  • Mr. Haider Shakiry
  • 31-12-20

Very helpful

I wish the PDFs and exercises mentioned were included to download as I couldn’t find them anywhere else other than by buying a hard copy of this very helpful and therapeutic audio book

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  • stbull92
  • 15-11-20

A must read/listen for anyone raised by EIPs

Really helpful and has enabled me to empathize with my parents for how they treated us growing up - it does not excuse their abusive and emotionally neglectful behaviour - but helps me to move on now I know it wasn't about me but their lack of ability to show up emotionally for their children.

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  • Ann
  • 12-01-21

Not for me

Some may find this content interesting however I found it boring, dull and quite negative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-21

Fantastic book! very informative!

I really dig this book! the narration is clear, understandable and pleasant.
i recognize too well a lot of what this book is telling about.

I don't really remember if there are lot of tips on how to overcome...
However, these two books "adult children of emotionally immature parents" and "recovering from emotionally immature parents" is very validating and informative with its plenty examples from other peoples' experiences inwhich I recognize my own experiences all too well.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 09-07-20

Interesting

As I grow older and see that I continue with the same old emotional habits, and watch others do the same, I realise that we're trapped by our conditioning.
Listening to this book was very interesting, explanations of behaviours were given, I had many Aha! moments.
It helped me look at my own beliefs, figure out where I formed them and how to let damaging and limiting ones go.
I highly recommend this book.

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  • Beks
  • 20-01-21

Really helpful

Excellent read, really beaks things down and gives it all a proper name. Outlines specific strategies to protect yourself while still maintaining some form of contact