The "Good Daughter" Syndrome
If You Have a Narcissistic or Difficult Mother You Could be Trapped in the Role of the "Good Daughter"
Katherine Fabrizio M.A., Psychotherapist, Author, Speaker
The "Good" Daughter is caught in the endless cycle of trying to be good for mom even when it is bad for her.
The "Good Daughter" Checklist - is this you?
No matter how hard you work for Mom’s approval, it’s never good enough.
Mom gives you unsolicited advice. She micromanages you and tries to control your life.
Mom is never wrong and never sorry.
Boundaries, what boundaries? You have a hard time setting healthy boundaries with Mom and a harder time sticking to them.
You wish it were different… but you feel responsible for Mom’s happiness.
Mom takes any push back as a rejection of her. Shutting you down she says, something along the lines of, “I was just trying to help. I guess I’m just a horrible mother.”
Mom thinks she knows what is best for you. Always.
Although not explicitly stated, making Mom look good and feel good is your job.
Standing up to Mom is hard for you. You don’t want to rock the boat.
Plagued by self-doubt, you frequently feel guilty and second-guess yourself.
If you see yourself in 7 out of the 10 statements above you are the "Good Daughter".
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Realizing you have been trapped in the "Good Daughter" role can be unsettling. It goes straight to the core of who you are and whom you love. I get that.
In my 30 years of counseling women I can tell you, this problem is far more prevalent than you would guess. You are not alone.
The good news is this; Identifying the "Good Daughter" syndrome is the first step in turning it around for yourself and making sure you don’t pass it on to your daughter.
Awareness is power.
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Hi, I’m Katherine Fabrizio M.A. and I understand you - I have been treating Adult Daughters of Narcissistic/Difficult Mothers, Trapped in the Role of the “Good Daughter” in psychotherapy for over 30 years.
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