Healing Your Emotional Self

  • by Beverly Engel
  • Narrated by Vanessa Hart
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Parents act as a mirror to show a child who she or he is. Throughout childhood there will be other mirrors, but children inevitably return to the reflection in that original mirror in order to determine their goodness, importance, and self-worth. In Healing Your Emotional Self, Beverly Engle offers her highly effective Mirror Therapy program to help you reject the distorted images your parents either intentionally or unintentionally projected onto you. She explores the seven types of emotionally abusive or neglectful parents and the seven most common parental mirrors, providing specific advice and recovery strategies for each one.
Helping you raise your self-esteem and improve your self-image, this innovative step-by-step program provides you with the skills you need to:


Create a positive self-image separate from your abusive parents' distorted picture
Separate emotionally from your parents and provide for yourself what you missed as a child
Discover who you really are – including your likes, dislikes, values, goals, and dreams – by creating a word self-portrait and using other Mirror Therapy techniques
Overcome your tendency toward self-blame, self-hatred, and self-destructiveness
Learn self-nurturing and set effective limits to help you control your tendency to overeat, drink too much, overspend, and/or overwork
Become the person you are meant to be by being more accepting of yourself
Learn to love who you see in the mirror with the breakthrough program found in Healing Your Emotional Self
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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What the Critics Say

"Emotionally abusive parents are indeed toxic parents, and they cause significant damage to their children's self-esteem, self-image, and body image. In this remarkable book, Beverly Engel shares her powerful Mirror Therapy program for helping adult survivors to overcome their shame and self-criticism, become more compassionate and accepting of themselves, and create a more posititve self-image. I strongly recommend it for anyone who was abused or neglected as a child." (Susan Forward, Ph.D., author of Toxic Parents)
"In this book, Beverly Engel documents the wide range of psychological abuses that so many children experience in growing up. Her case examples and personal accounts are poignant and powerful reminders that as adults, many of us are still limited by the defenses we formed when trying to protect ourselves in the face of the painful circumstances we found ourselves in as children. Engle's insightful questionnaires and exercises provide concrete help in the healing process, and her writing style is lively and engaging. This book is destined to positively affect many lives." (Joyce Catlett, M.A., co-author of Fear of Intimacy)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Monotone reader and awful audio quality

The book itself may be good--I don't know yet--but this performance/recording is depressing to listen.
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- The Nice Guy

Don't listen unless u want to hate your parents

Having received much therapy as well as given lots of therapy since becoming cleared I was quite shocked to hear this book
Basically every parent ever is emotionally abusing their kids according to this woman
And no we do t forgive them
We blame them for their horrid treatment of us
Harsh to say the least
I think we are better to clear our own issues with our parents before we start trying to help others with theirs
What people do unconsciously is not done on purpose to hurt others
Most parents are unconscious in some way or other
Hence we teach conscious parenting
I thought I had found a book to help me heal past trauma
Instead I hate my parents and my self after hearing hand of this
Maybe the more we hate them the more therapists can make from us ?
Not sure
A few really nice bits
But the rest is to be avoided if you are a forgiving compassionate person I feel
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- wealthiestforever

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios