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“Mothers are caught in a perfect Catch-22. They are supposed to be concerned with emotions and closeness in relationships, but because autonomy has been designated by the white male middle class in North America as the pinnacle of emotional health, both mothers and those offspring who remain close to them are treated as immature or even sick.”
“... it has been said that 'a normal family' is one that has not yet been assessed clinically ...”
Paula Caplan, U.S. clinical/research psychologist
Full name: Paula Joan Caplan.