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Tara says that like many single moms in America, she tries to be both the mother and father to her two sons.
Despite Tara's best efforts, Jordan, her 21-year-old son, says his mom can't teach him how to be a man, but she can teach him how to love.
She undermines you by picking fights with you or being especially unpleasant just before you have to make a major effort.
She acts put out if she has to do anything to support your opportunities or will outright refuse to do even small things in support of you.
Watch as Jordan shares a powerful personal revelation.
Plus, Iyanla discusses a classic mistake mothers make, which she learned from her own son while he was in prison.
Karyl Mc Bride "Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life" by Dr. She rarely says right out that she thinks you're inadequate.
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Any time you are to be center stage and there is no opportunity for her to be the center of attention, she will try to prevent the occasion altogether, or she doesn't come, or she leaves early, or she acts like it's no big deal, or she steals the spotlight or she slips in little wounding comments about how much better someone else did or how what you did wasn't as much as you could have done or as you think it is.It is impossible to confront someone over their tone of voice, their demeanor or the way they look at you, but once your narcissistic mother has you trained, she can promise terrible punishment without a word.As a result, you're always afraid, always in the wrong, and can never exactly put your finger on why.Because her abusiveness is part of a lifelong campaign of control and because she is careful to rationalize her abuse, it is extremely difficult to explain to other people what is so bad about her.She's also careful about when and how she engages in her abuses.