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When He's Married to Mom: How to Help Mother-Enmeshed Men Open Their… (2007)

by Kenneth M. Adams

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A practical, compassionate relationship guide for women who are involved with mother-enmeshed men, mothers who wish to set their sons free, and men dealing with issues of commitment, sex addiction, and unhealthy attachments. Why can't he commit? Many women find themselves asking this question when in love with a man who won't get married, won't stop womanizing, or refuses to give up his sex addictions. Often this kind of man is bound by an unhealthy attachment to his mother. This phenomenon is called "mother-son enmeshment." In When He's Married to Mom, clinical psychologist and renowned intimacy expert Dr. Kenneth M. Adams goes beyond the stereotypes of momma's boys and meddling mothers to explain how mother-son enmeshment affects everyone: the mother, the son, and the woman who loves him. In his twenty-five years of practice, Dr. Adams has successfully treated hundreds of enmeshed men and shares their stories in this informative guide. He provides proven methods to make things better, including: --Guidelines to help women create fulfilling relationships with mother-enmeshed men --Tools to help mother-enmeshed men have healthy and successful dating experiences leading to serious relationships and marriage --Strategies to help parents avoid enmeshing their children… (more)

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Mother-enmeshment manifests itself in many ways. For some, it can be an inability to commit to another relationship without feeling like mother is being betrayed. For others it manifests itself as perpetual adolescence, addictions, or in other ways. Adams, a psychologist, shows how the men can overcome enmeshment and how parents and partners can help. The book probably relied a bit too much on cases to make the points although gray "sidebars" did sometimes summarize points. Overall I did not find the book that useful as too much of it was common sense. I really felt the subtitle was not fulfilled within the pages. The author relied too much on suggesting professional counseling, while acknowledging that not all counselors would be helpful, and which is not always a financially feasible option for the persons. ( )
  thornton37814 | Feb 27, 2016 |
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A practical, compassionate relationship guide for women who are involved with mother-enmeshed men, mothers who wish to set their sons free, and men dealing with issues of commitment, sex addiction, and unhealthy attachments. Why can't he commit? Many women find themselves asking this question when in love with a man who won't get married, won't stop womanizing, or refuses to give up his sex addictions. Often this kind of man is bound by an unhealthy attachment to his mother. This phenomenon is called "mother-son enmeshment." In When He's Married to Mom, clinical psychologist and renowned intimacy expert Dr. Kenneth M. Adams goes beyond the stereotypes of momma's boys and meddling mothers to explain how mother-son enmeshment affects everyone: the mother, the son, and the woman who loves him. In his twenty-five years of practice, Dr. Adams has successfully treated hundreds of enmeshed men and shares their stories in this informative guide. He provides proven methods to make things better, including: --Guidelines to help women create fulfilling relationships with mother-enmeshed men --Tools to help mother-enmeshed men have healthy and successful dating experiences leading to serious relationships and marriage --Strategies to help parents avoid enmeshing their children

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