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For Immediate Release                  Contact Information – Mary Elizabeth Moloney                                                                                    314.962-0390

March 10, 2012                                      

In her memoir, Elizabeth – learning to dress myself from the inside out, St. Louis writer, Mary Elizabeth Moloney, narrates her arduous path of individuation that lessened the effects of a negative mother complex.


St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Carl G. Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and founder of Analytical Psychology in the last century, first explored complexes, emotionally explosive contents in the unconscious that thwart psychosocial and spiritual development. One of these is the mother complex, an enmeshment with her offspring that renders them incapable of separating from her, of developing psychic strength to forge their own life paths. If unrecognized, multiple disorders occur in the offspring: no organized sense of self, depression, low self esteem, free-floating anxiety, distortions in perception, inability to learn and make decisions, insomnia, even physical problems.

Such disorders compelled Mary Elizabeth Moloney to enter Jungian analysis in 1988. No longer could she endure her shadow existence under her mother’s dominance. Years of dream study evolved into the practice of active imagination and her eventual transcendence from this complex through the Transcendent function. This memoir narrates this process.

Each chapter contains a vignette of an outfit, bought by Mary’s mother for a significant occasion, beginning with her First Holy Communion dress. Through this device used in subsequent chapters, the reader experiences the crippling mother-daughter relationship over the years, culminating in the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in Mary. Paradoxically, chronic pain, multiple knee surgeries, and ineffective drugs prodded the search for her true self. Significant dreams, included in the memoir, led to separations from her Mother and family of origin, her years in the convent, her marriage, and her church. Uncovering her addictive personality also led to 12-Step living supported by the fellowships of Alcoholics Anonymous and Alanon. Through them, she continues to learn how to dress herself from the inside out, together with the gift of daily dreams, challenging her to an even deeper honesty and humility with her God.

Mary retired from hospice work in 2001 to begin this arduous memoir. She urges her readers to make peace with their pasts before transitioning to the next life. She also welcomes opportunities to share this remarkable story.

Elizabeth – learning to dress myself from the inside out. ISBN: 978-0-9848097-0-7. Available online at




                                                                      Contact: Mary E. Moloney 314-962-0390




Many mothers, in the guise of children, continue birthing children. Expected to raise them, these mothers flounder, masking ineptitude beneath addictive practices and societal norms. Within this madness, their daughters fail to thrive, their instincts shut down, their shadow existence screams in silence. With no way out, many endure life between office visits to specialists, further silencing them with medication. Some die before their time. Because this issue is so longstanding, many women accept it as a given; they deny its darkness and prefer womb-living to the challenge of living a personal life. This was true of the author, Mary E. Moloney, until she wrote her memoir, Elizabeth – Learning To Dress Myself From The Inside Out. The product of nine years and eighteen drafts, it narrates her emergence from her mother’s enmeshment.

To accomplish this, Mary entered dream analysis in 1988 and awoke to her inner voice, demanding change on all levels. She was to become a new woman. In 1991, acceptance of her disease of alcoholism led to daily meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. Within that fellowship, she also discovered women dealing with enmeshments to their mothers. Thus began the serious writing of her memoir, filled with significant dreams and principles of 12 Step living. The metaphor of “clothes,” purchased by her mother, and later by herself, enhances this story of transformation.

Mary urges her women readers to deal with the crippling effects of enmeshments, to live joyfully in the present, and to prepare for the life to come. Honesty, willingness, and open mindedness will facilitate this process. Her rich experience as a hospital/hospice chaplain also informs these perceptions.

Elizabeth – Learning to Dress Myself from the Inside Out is available on Amazon.


Available on Amazon

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