7 Great Resources for Survivors of Incest and Narcissist Parenting

The host of our show, Jamie Yuenger, shared her personal story in 2019 via a podcast episode. Below are some resources related to the topics she addresses in her story, namely emotional incest, narciccism and sexual abuse. 

1. Silently Seduced: When Parents Make Their Children Partners by Kenneth M. Adams 

“This groundbreaking book explains how 'feeling close,' especially with the opposite-sex parent, is not the source of comfort the image suggests, especially when that child is cheated out of a childhood by being a parent's surrogate partner. He offers a framework to understand this covert incest and its effect on sexuality, intimacy, and relationships, and how victims can begin the process of recovery.”

2. Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

“In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.

    3. Mothers Who Can't Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters by Susan Forward 

    Forward examines the Narcissistic Mother, the Competitive Mother, the Overly Enmeshed mother, the Control Freak, Mothers who need Mothering, and mothers who abuse or fail to protect their daughters from abuse. 

    Filled with compelling case histories, Mothers Who Can’t Love outlines the self-help techniques Forward has developed to transform the lives of her clients, showing women how to overcome the pain of childhood and how to act in their own best interests. 

    Warm and compassionate, Mothers Who Can’t Love offers daughters the emotional support and tools they need to heal themselves and rebuild their confidence and self-respect.”

    4. The Kiss: A Memoir by Kathryn Harrison

    In this extraordinary memoir, one of the best young writers in America today transforms into a work of art the darkest passage imaginable in a young woman's life: an obsessive love affair between father and daughter that began when Kathryn Harrison, twenty years old, was reunited with a parent whose absence had haunted her youth. A story both of taboo and of family complicity in breaking taboo, The Kiss is also about love—about the most primal of love triangles, the one that ensnares a child between mother and father.”

    5. Podcast Episode “Pandora’s Box”: Jamie Yuenger’s personal story

    “It's a love story with the wildest flips and turns you can imagine! It's a travel story that crosses the ocean blue. It's a story of reckoning, transformation, grief, and reclaiming. Our story is about moving from the unreal to the real. A story of being entrapped in a secret, then breaking out.”

    6. A Bigger Splash, a  film by Luca Guadagnino

    Although the main plot line of this film is about a famous rock star's vacation in Italy with her boyfriend, the storyline provides a clear example of a covert incest relationship between a father and daughter. Gorgeous imagery and stunning acting by Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Ralph Fiennes.

    7. August: Osage County, a film by John Wells

    A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

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