D is for Dysfunctional—and Doo Wop

D is for Dysfunctional—and Doo Wop

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Author Mary Ellen Stepanich, with tongue firmly in cheek, answers the question, a€œHow do you turn a normal, happy-go-lucky, poor, small-town girl of the Midwest into a push-me-pull-me, multi-married, mass-of-inner-conflicts schizophrenic?a€ In her memoir, she shares the personal (and mostly true) story of her familya€™s dysfunction. The eldest daughter of the family, she started out as an average, happy, and innocent little girl. Her voice was soon crushed, however, by disastrous value programminga€”the tacit and implicit lessons taught by parents, teachers, peers, relatives, and even the geographical and cultural environment. These learned values can become immutable unless the person receiving them can finally recognize that these behaviors do not benefit their livesa€”and then boldly choose to ignore them. All Mary Ellen has wanted out of life was someone to listen to her, and now her voice is finally heard. Her tale, one of systematic abuse and silence, is told with refreshing honesty and humor. She was one of a generation born on the cusp between the Great Depression and the New Deal, and as a result she was programmed to become anything but the confident, assertive adult she has fought to create. In her story, there is hope.Although Mom and Dad didna#39;t openly express the thought, I knew they didna#39;t want me to become involved with a Roman Catholic. ... He had graduated from high school the previous year and operated his own electronics repair shop out of the front of his fathera#39;s sheet metal shop. ... Of course, television reception in 1956a€” at least in our part of the statea€”included just one station from Evansville thatanbsp;...

Title:D is for Dysfunctional—and Doo Wop
Author:Mary Ellen Stepanich, PhD
Publisher:Abbott Press - 2013-06-05


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