Mothers & Daughters
This most intricate of all relationships— and most formative— has many variations. No other early connection shapes a daughter’s perceptions and her very being, more since her mother’s face is the first mirror in which a daughter catches a glimpse of herself.
Motherhood in all of its aspects—the good and the bad—is what we turn to here. The stresses, the trials, the difficulty and, yes, the crucial nature of mothering come into focus. We give voice too to the experiences of those daughters who were unloved by their mothers, who felt somehow “less than” because of their mothers’ treatment of them, but who nonetheless wanted the love withheld more than anything else.
Here, you’ll find all the links to the posts I write about the subject for Psychology Today and Psych Central but you’ll also find new thoughts and original pieces, animated by the stories of women who lived through the experience of being unloved and who fought their way to healing.