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David Allen, M.D.: Coping with Critical, Demanding, and Dysfunctional Parents

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About the book:

Are your parents constantly trying to control what you do or making incessant demands? Do they sometimes act in hateful ways that make you want to run for the hills? Do they invalidate you by questioning your intelligence, opinions, observations, or feelings? In this new book, Dr. David Allen—an academic psychiatrist who has studied family dysfunction for over forty years—describes strategies for putting a stop to these repetitive problematic interactions.

You will learn:

  • How to construct a family history of emotional issues (a genogram) that will help you to finally make sense of your parents’ confusing and seemingly bizarre behavior.
  • How to use this understanding to plan strategies and counter-strategies for disarming your parents’ often formidable defenses in order to engage them in real problem solving.
  • Effective methods for countering the ways your parents play with logic to confuse you.
  • Effective counterstrategies for 17 different tricks they use on you to get you to shut up.
  • How to block other relatives like siblings from getting in the way of your efforts.
  • How your spouse or partner is embroiled in your family dysfunction, and strategies for turning him or her from a roadblock into an ally in your efforts to confront it.

About the author:

David M. Allen, M.D. is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and the former Director of Psychiatric Residency Training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Additionally, he has done research into personality disorders and is a psychotherapy theorist. He is also the author How Dysfunctional Families Spur Mental Disorders: A Balanced Approach to Resolve Problems and Reconcile Relationships, as well as three books for psychotherapists, numerous journal articles and book chapters. He received his medical degree from U.C. San Francisco, and his psychiatric residency at the Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Medical Center.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 6:00pm
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387 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN 38117
Coping with Critical, Demanding, and Dysfunctional Parents: Powerful Strategies to Help Adult Children Maintain Boundaries and Stay Sane Cover Image
By David M. Allen, Susan Heitler (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781684030927
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Harbinger Publications - November 2018