My Mother/my Self: The Daughter's Search For Identity

Paperback | September 8, 1997

byNancy Friday

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When Nancy Friday began her research for My Mother/My Self in the early 1970’s no work existed that explored the unique interaction between mother and daughter. Today psychotherapists throughout the world acknowledge that if women are to be able to love without possessing, to find work that fulfills them, and to discover their full sexuality, they must first acknowledge their identity as separate from their mother’s. Nancy Friday’s book played a major role in that acceptance. The greatest gift a good mother can give remains unquestioning love planted deep in the first year of life, so deep and anassailable that the tiny child grown to womanhood is never held back by the fear of losing that love, no matter what her own choice in love, sexuality, or work may be.

Through candid self-disclosure and hundreds of interviews, Friday investigates a generational legacy and reveals the conflicting feelings of anger, hate, and love the daughter’s hold for their mothers–and why they so often “become” that mother themselves.

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This pioneering book by the author of "Women on Top" plays a major role in our understanding of the powerful influence the mother/daughter bond has on a woman's identity, her relationships with men, and her self-esteem. Through candid self-disclosure and hundreds of interviews, Nancy Friday investigates this feminine legacy and reveals...

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When Nancy Friday began her research for My Mother/My Self in the early 1970’s no work existed that explored the unique interaction between mother and daughter. Today psychotherapists throughout the world acknowledge that if women are to be able to love without possessing, to find work that fulfills them, and to discover their full se...

Nancy Friday established herself as a magazine journalist in New York, England, Italy and France before turning to writing full time and publishing her first book, My Secret Garden, in 1973, which became a bestseller; Friday has regularly returned to the interview format in her subsequent books on themes ranging from mothers and daught...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.01 × 5.25 × 0.96 inPublished:September 8, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0385320159

ISBN - 13:9780385320153

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree unless it disconnects emotionally ... Beware Eve with the poison apple! This book is just as valuable to men, especially those considering a marriage proposal. If you want to know what kind of person you are marrying check your emotions and hormones at the door and take a good character look at her mother and mother surrogates. Unless a woman has completley disconnected from her mother (successfully and has maintained it for several years) ... you will be marrying her mother. This book by Nancy Friday explains why. One cannot cut the psychic umbilical cord alone, it takes effort, commitment, and intention to do so. If the girl next door was brought up by a respectable woman .... and has adopted those positive legacies herself ... you are on to a good start. Otherwise, your paradise will become hell just like what happened to Adam.
Date published: 2006-08-11

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This pioneering book by the author of "Women on Top" plays a major role in our understanding of the powerful influence the mother/daughter bond has on a woman's identity, her relationships with men, and her self-esteem. Through candid self-disclosure and hundreds of interviews, Nancy Friday investigates this feminine legacy and reveals the conflicting feelings of anger, hate, and love that daughters hold for their mothers