Will I Ever Be Good Enough? by Karyl McBride

Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

By Karyl McBride

  • Release Date: 2008-09-23
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 86 Ratings
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The first book specifically for daughters suffering from the emotional abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? provides the expert assistance you need in order to overcome this debilitating history and reclaim your life for yourself. Drawing on over two decades of experience as a therapist specializing in women's psychology and health, psychotherapist Dr. Karyl McBride helpsyou recognize the widespread effects of this maternal emotional abuse and guides you as you create an individualized program for self-protection, resolution, and complete recovery.

An estimated 1.5 million American women have narcissistic personality disorder, which makes them so insecure and overbearing, insensitive and domineering that they can psychologically damage their daughters for life. Daughters of narcissistic mothers learn that maternal love is not unconditional, and that it is given only when they behave in accordance with their mothers' often unreasonable expectations and whims. As adults, these daughters consequently have difficulty overcoming their insecurities and feelings of inadequacy, disappointment, sadness, and emotional emptiness. They may also have a terrible fear of abandonment that leads them to form unhealthy love relationships, as well as a tendency to perfectionism and unrelenting self-criticism, or to self-sabotage and frustration.

Herself the recovering daughter of a narcissistic mother, Dr. McBride includes her personal struggle, which adds a profound level of authority to her work, along with the perspectives of the hundreds of suffering daughters she's interviewed over the years. Their stories of how maternal abuse has manifested in their lives -- as well as how they have successfully overcome its effects -- show you that you're not alone and that you can take back your life and have the control you want.

Dr. McBride's step-by-step program will enable you to:

(1) Recognize your own experience with maternal narcissism and its effects on all aspects of your life
(2) Discover how you have internalized verbal and nonverbal messages from your mother and how these have translated into a strong desire to overachieve or a tendency to self-sabotage
(3) Construct a step-by-step program to reclaim your life and enhance your sense of self, a process that includes creating a psychological separation from your mother and breaking the legacy of abuse. You will also learn how not to repeat your mother's mistakes with your own daughter.

Warm and sympathetic, filled with the examples of women who have established healthy boundaries with their hurtful mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? encourages and inspires you as it aids your recovery.


  • A must read

    By Dissapointia
    I would just like to thank the author for writing this book from the bottom of my heart. It has already changed my life and I'm sure I will read it many more times as I work on my recovery. I have spent a lifetime not knowing what was wrong in my life not willing to see the painful truth but from the moment I started this book I recognized myself in every page. I stopped to cry more than once out of sheer relief that I finally felt understood and that I finally felt like I could allow myself to hope for a future for myself. I cannot express the depth of gratitude I have for running across this book which happened to be mentioned in an article I was reading. This book will and already has changed my life. Thank you a million times. Thank you!
  • Will I ever be good enough

    By Loveless daughter
    I am so happy that at 58 I could find this book and start healing! The fact that my mother could still bring me to tears and be hurtful at the age of 83 was very sad! I hope I can make peace with whatever time she has left!
  • practical information

    By Lesliefmd
    this book really hit home for me. she provides easy descriptions of the dysfunctional relationships with a plan for healing. this book has changed my life.
  • Excellent!

    By Tautrenight
    This books has validated so many things that I have been looking for my whole life. It have lifted a dark cloud and empowered me to finally set boundaries for my relationship with my mom and helped me better understand myself and other relationship in my life. Thank you for a wonderful book!
  • I have never been good enough!

    By Lindajane1324
    This booked help me so much. It helped me realize how I am not alone in my struggles of dealing with a narcissistic mother. My soul has been ruined and I'm not sure if i'll ever recover, but I am respecting myself now and not allowing this dysfunction in my life. I don't care if I will ever be good enough in her eyes, because I know I am. My mother is a wounded victim herself that lacks empathy of everyone else. She's entitled and deserving at the expense of others. The words "I'm sorry" have never come out of her mouth, because she is never wrong. This book is right on!
  • Helpful, Insightful, Resourceful

    By Brownamalian
    Excellent book. Life changing resource. Many 'Ah Ha' moments. I now have a clearer understanding of myself, my life & my journey.
  • Excellent Guidance

    By dwja
    Clearly defines problems arising from growing up with narcissistic mother and gives practical method to heal and develop into an independent, fulfilled, and contented person. Is very supportive and kind while dealing with sensitive and potentially painful issues. Highly recommend it to anyone who has experienced these difficulties.