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When a parent singles out a child for special privileges and attention, that child is often unaware that the relationship is unhealthy - even incestuous. As adults, these children struggle to feel validated, because while they have not been directly abused, they feel a sense of violation and crossed boundaries - usually done in the name of 'love' and 'caring'. The parent's love feels more confining than freeing, more demanding than giving, more intrusive than nurturing. Yet these children suffer from what psychologist Kenneth Adams calls The Silent Seduction - because there is nothing loving or caring about a close parent-child relationship that services the needs of the parent rather than the child.

In this revised and updated 20th anniversary edition of his groundbreaking book Silently Seduced, Dr. Adams 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.

©2011 Kenneth M. Adams (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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A godsend of a book

This book was recommended by a friend in recovery. I have struggled for years with intimate relationships despite much therapy, awareness and 12 step work. This book explains and offers solutions to the riddle of why I sought out women who intrigued rather than those who might allow for intimacy. Equally I understand why I felt responsible for women’s happiness rather than understanding my own needs. Emotional incest is extremely damaging and it takes work to undo the damage. Get this book if you feel you might be or might have been too close to a parent who told you they loved you. They may have been fulfilling their own needs rather than the needs of the child

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  • Jessica
  • 29-08-20

Now I have words for what happened to me as a kid

I have always felt that my mom is my best friend, but As an adult I have also begun to realize that a lot of our relationship was/is not normal or healthy either. I have for several years been searching for some description or definition of what I experience with her, and I think this is it. I wish this book had spent a little more time discussing dynamics between mother daughter covert incestuous relationships (because it spends about 3 minutes on it total), and single parents with their kids, but still I found this book to be helpful in recognizing what has happened to me, and in all likelihood, to a lot of people in my extended family. It explains a lot, really. I also want to make note about how a lot of the language used in this book is pretty hetero and cis normative. There is in particular some language that might be hurtful to trans people, I don’t think it’s intentional on the authors part, but it’s there, so it’s something to be aware of before reading it. This is written from a perspective that there are only two genders and only one way to be the gender you are, and I don’t think the author is open minded to non monogamous relationship structures. The author does seem to be open and accepting of same sex relationships, though, so based just on the reading of this book, I am left with the impression that the author is not maliciously transphobic, but likely just ignorant to trans and gender issues. This is just a guess based on a single reading of the book though. Just a heads up. I would have given five stars but the exclusive language kept me from doing so. There is very helpful info here, but it may be hard to access for some.

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  • Chem Troll
  • 14-12-18

Good read but can get uncomfortable as it should

Will most likely bring up some uncomfortable emotions. Long forgotten skeletons that need to be dealt with.

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  • Daniel
  • 03-04-15

Great book on a delicate subject.

Honestly the narrator made it slightly creepy, but that's my own personal preference. The book is expertly written and helps the reader understand why they or their spouse acts a certain way and gives steps on how to move forward. It's a difficult subject and healing process, but this book definitely helps.

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  • ike9898
  • 27-11-20

Good book about a confusing topic

This is a short book and I listened twice, all the way through. Definitely illuminating, but I've come across this topic before and I find it difficult to completely grasp. My therapist is an expert on sex-related issues and this was her 1st recommendation on this subject. The narration and technical quality was good.

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  • Victoria Robben
  • 30-10-20

Amazing

I only wish I had read this earlier in life. I now feel validated, understood, hopeful, worthy and capable of healing. Thank you for this book.

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  • Destiny M
  • 27-02-20

Powerful and Insightful

Man. I was tearful through so much of this book. So uncomfortable yet so very necessary for healing to take place. May we all prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospers. We must break generational curses. Do the work. I highly recommend this book if you are suspecting that something is off with your spouse’s relationship with a parent. Do not ignore what you observe. I also recommend this book to anyone that is about to become a parent so that you don’t pass this behavior down your family line. Ephesians 1: 17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18the eyes of your [f]understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 25-02-20

Loved it

This book shed a lot of light into my life growing up. It resonated with me and validated me ........

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  • Ryntii
  • 12-02-20

You are not alone

It had a lot of case studies which were helpful but it was a little short on information on how to recover.

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  • Mr. Worthit
  • 02-11-19

A wonderful book!

This book provides an explanation for feelings of low self-esteem and confusion, and clear instructions for what to do in order to heal.

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  • Ryan W.
  • 27-02-19

Best book I've listened to regarding covert incest

This book has been very helpful for me. I was skeptical to buy the book at first but I am so happy I did. The book was filled with great examples that were easy to comprehend and apply to your own life.