Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know
Mary Jo Buttafuoco's anonymous life as a suburban wife and mother ended in May 1992, when she was shot in the head on her own front porch. The "Long Island Lolita" saga sparked a media frenzy that has not died to this day.
As the years passed and Mary Jo steadfastly stood by her man, one question lingered in the minds of women everywhere: Why did she stay for so long?
In Getting It Through My Thick Skull, Mary Jo finally answers that question fully and convincingly. The answer is simple, yet it took almost three decades of turmoil: She was married to a sociopath. And while Mary Jo's face and story are known all over the world, she's just one of countless women who have become similarly enmeshed with a partner who wreaks utter havoc on the lives around them.
Using her own experiences, Mary Jo helps listeners determine if they are indeed involved with a sociopath and offers hope and help for them through her tragic and triumphant life lessons. In addition, readers will be inspired by Mary Jo's comeback: A true reclamation and re-creation of her life from the inside out.
Through private details of the resiliency and rebuilding she has forged over the past 16 years, Mary Jo shares with readers for the first time:
Her addiction to painkillers and her recovery through the Betty Ford Center
Her overdue decision to leave Joey and start over again on her own in California - 3,000 miles from her support system
Taking control of her physical, spiritual, and emotional health, and learning to feel attractive and in control again, despite the scars and trauma of the gunshot
Her highly controversial and public forgiveness of Amy Fisher
The new love in her life and how she found the courage to trust, believe, and find hope in a committed relationship once again
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Finally, she gets it