Books About Dysfunctional Families

By Anni

Dysfunctional families…

You know, those people who were supposed to love you and support you and be there for you…  Through thick and thin…  No matter what…

But who – in your particular case – never quite got there.  Who – as a matter of fact – managed to royally screw up this whole loving family concept.  And screwed you over in the process.  Messed with your head.  Shattered your self confidence.  Robbed you of a sense of security.

You know, those people you are related to!

We’ve been talking about dysfunctional families a lot here at Solutions To All Your Problems lately.  Check out the list of articles at the bottom of this post if you missed some of that discussion.

Although you can find several articles worth of info and advice right here on this website, I thought some of you might be looking for even more.  Overcoming a dysfunctional past and dealing with dysfunctional family members is a BIG topic, with a gazillion variations and nuances.

So if you feel like you need more depth, I wanted to share with you a list of books about dysfunctional families.  Each of the seven books I have listed below are books that I have personally gotten A LOT from.  They have given me a whole new perspective on my life’s story and some of the characters that have played major roles in it.  They have helped me understand how my experiences have affected me, and even more importantly, given me a ton of ideas for how to heal and move on from those experiences.

On a side note, I wanted to mention that, with one exception (Boundaries: Where You End And I Begin), I listened to these books on Audible rather than reading them the old-fashioned way.  All were great quality, so I can confidently recommend the audio versions if you are interested in going that route for convenience.  I don’t know about you, but I find that I have a lot more time to listen to books than I have to read them on my Kindle.  One of the benefits of being a mom with endless piles of laundry to fold and toys to pick up. 🙂

Books About Dysfunctional Families - These 7 books have been instrumental in helping me understand my past and overcome it...

Books About Dysfunctional Families

  • To learn how childhood adversity affects your physical health and what you can do about it:

The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris

Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

  • To learn about childhood emotional neglect:

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents by Lindsay Gibson

The Emotionally Absent Mother: How to Recognize and Heal the Invisible Effects of Childhood Emotional Neglect by Jasmin Lee Cori

  • To learn how childhood experiences may have affected your ability to set boundaries in relationships:

Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin – How to Recognize and Set Healthy Boundaries by Anne Katherine

  • To learn about psychological abuse by narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths: 

Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse by Shannon Thomas

  • To learn how to move on and create a good life despite your painful past:

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness by Rick Hanson


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About the author 


Hi! I'm a life coach, a Certified MBTI® Practitioner, and a mentor for stressed out introverts and highly sensitive people. I used to be one myself! My mission is to help you discover your true self and create a life you ACTUALLY like.

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