This book is about the structure of psychological defenses formed in childhood and how these contribute to our creating fantasy bonds which are a substitute for truly loving adult relationships.
Reading Dr. Firestone’s work has been incredibly influential for me in understanding why my personal relationships and life experiences have been what they are thus far. It’s also helped me to realize that I am capable of changing patterns and long held beliefs which have been mostly unconscious, until now.
I can’t recommend this book enough. This is a great article from Psychology Today that sums up the book much better than I have here.