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Silently Seduced: When Parents Make Their Children Partners

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Did you have a parent whose love for you felt more confining than freeing, more demanding than giving, more instrusive than nurturing? Did you feel trapped in a "psychological marriage" with this parent? If so, you may be a victim of covert incest.

Identification of this kind of incest is difficult, since covert incest victimrs often feel idealized and privileged, not viol

Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Health Communications (first published April 1st 1991)
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Brutally honest. Keep a box of tissues close, and a friend on speed dial if you choose to read this book.

This book was suggested to me in a forum for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. The author seems more familiar with male victims of covert incest, and tends to focus on victims dealing with addictions. It's also a very short work - more an overview of what covert incest is than a thorough examination of it. That all being said, it is a good, basic overview. I'm neither male, nor dealing with an active addiction, but still saw myself in this book. That it's a short work becomes an advantage - a vict
Covert Incest - when a parent puts their emotional needs above that of their children...pretty powerful language and the relational outcomes are profound well into the child's adult years. This book is for anyone who has been in an enmeshed relationship with a parent.
Little information. But a practical guide to help people to see the symptoms and realize that they are not alone, to be able to take a step and unpluge the damage.
Christine Jackson
An interesting look at the distorted relationship with parents who use their children for emotional needs.
an interesting theory and a definite twist on the codependent model.
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