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Based on the public television series of the same name, Bradshaw On: The Family is John Bradshaw's seminal work on the dynamics of families that has sold more than a million copies since its original publication in 1988. Here, you will discover the cause of emotionally impaired families. You will learn how unhealthy rules of behavior are passed down from parents to children, and the destructive effect this process has on our society. Using the latest family research and recovery material in this new edition, Bradshaw also explores the individual in both a family setting and a societal setting. He shows you ways to escape the tyranny of family-reinforced behavior traps---from addiction and co-dependency to loss of will and denial---and demonstrates how to make conscious choices that will transform your life and the lives of your loved ones. He helps you heal yourself and then, using what you have learned, helps you heal your family. Finally, Bradshaw extends this idea to our society: by returning yourself and your family to emotional health, you can heal the world in which you live. He helps you reenvision societal conflicts from the perspective of a global family, and shares with you the power of deep democracy: how the choices you make every day can affect---and improve---your world.

©1988 John Bradshaw, Renewed 1996 by John Bradshaw (P)2011 Tantor

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Great eye opening book!

I've learned a lot. It is so much to digest and think about... Impressive!

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  • Brian
  • 07-09-2012

Helpful book; WRONG narrator

The book deals with sensitive emotional issues, which are steamrolled by the narrator's barbaric performance. The number of mispronounced words, additionally, is truly disturbing and profoundly distracts the listener from the content.
Good book and gifted therapist/author--wrong narrator!

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  • Daniela Wahlers
  • 02-09-2016

Awful narrator

Great book with a really awful narration, I really tried because I'm interested on the subject but couldn't listen to the end. Sounds like he's reading a tv comercial line rather than such a sensitive book.

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  • Elizabeth J Smith
  • 28-08-2018

Speaker puts me to sleep

Very interesting if I could just focus hard to get over the robotic, drab oration. He should pay to have re-recorded by someone with a better voice.

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  • tonya c.
  • 06-04-2018

narrator ruined this audiobook. love john bradshaw

the narrator was annoying. love john bradshaw. wish i would have just bought book =/

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  • hdawg
  • 13-08-2012

Not the top Bradshaw book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

If this is your only Bradshaw listen, maybe you'll get what you need, but I much preferred Healing the Shame that Binds You and the shorter Homecoming. There are also some upsetting family stories in this, so it's pretty heavy subject matter and parts are hard to hear. I don't know if I necessarily needed to hear THAT many tough stories.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Had a more natural and less formal way of speaking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-2021

I think everyone should read this book.

This book had alot of information I wish I'd know when I was younger. Even if it doesn't pertain to your own life, childhood and family it will probably help you understand and maybe even help others.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-2021

Absolutely life changing.

John Brandshaw did nothing short of throw my life into complete chaos... in a good way. My reality will be forever shifted through the concepts and teachings he has provided in this book. By taking to heart some of the things I learned, my relationship with myself and others has dramatically improved.

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  • Mark A.
  • 23-07-2020

Excellent!

A must read for everyone! A serious read and application of this material is life changing.

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  • Keo
  • 08-10-2019

first step to healing, psychoeducation

a great psycho education to the struggles we face as humans. not for the faintest of hearts.

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  • Natalie Ruth Swan
  • 25-03-2018

simplified vocabulary + overall good organization

If you need help and understanding and you feel like you need to find answers on your own and want to wait for a therapist to figure it out....you will relate to this book....anybody could relate in their own way. plus he puts it in Lamens Terms so I was able to comprehend this peach of a book.

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  • Shelley
  • 13-09-2019

Self-esteem or God?

The first half of the book is extraordinary. Incredibly informative and quite mind blowing. Helped me understand so much more about my family dynamic and myself. Unfortunately the second half reads more like some sort of religious recruitment text. It would seem that to reclaim your self-esteem, you must first find God. It increasingly sounded to me like the author had managed to give up his alcoholism by becoming a religious fanatic... Which is just another form of addiction. This is not what I expected from this author. Disappointing. But the first half is worth a credit!

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  • Carmen
  • 03-09-2017

I will buy all the books of Bradshaw

Really really good! the author has a very wide and rich understanding in the area

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  • Darragh
  • 13-01-2016

Not for the faint minded

You will learn bout yourself. Embrace the feeling that the book confronts in you. The're two exits from shame, One door leads to Humanity the great. The other leads to Humanity the lost. Those are my own terms. Do not (in my opinion) listen to this as an acedemic exercise as you will not feel the value.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-2021

Like it

Like it was very interesting and useful I like the way John Bradshaw explains it

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