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This book had the most information about psychological abuse than any other book that I’ve found. The author, Shannon Thomas, really does understand the devastating effects of psychological abuse. She seems to be one of the few counselors who can see through the masks that abusers put on for public display. She takes the time to describe how psychological abuse effects people, defines the various psychological conditions of abusers, and (most importantly) gave steps to help recover that are easy to understand.
On a personal note (as someone who grew up in a psychologically abusive home with a narcissistic mother and sociopathic father), I found myself wanting to shout out, “Yes… that’s exactly how I felt/feel, what my parents did/do, etc.!” I’ve been on my own journey to recovery for some time but am still bothered by the effects of gaslighting and the smear campaigns. It’s unimaginable that parents can be so cruel and self-absorbed that they would purposely hurt their own children but it happened to me and almost cost me my life.
There is a part of me that wishes that I could get other loved ones to read this book so that they can gain insight into what I’ve been through and why I’ve reacted the many ways that I have in the past but I quit trying to get others to understand and focused my efforts on my own recovery. I am going to keep this book in my arsenal so that, if I begin to forget why I need to protect myself, I can reread and remember that I’m fighting for my life!
22 of 22 people found this review helpful
I will be listening to this book again! It's amazing!
I have never felt so connected to a stranger. It's like she was in my head and writing the book specifically for me and to answer all of the questions I have asked myself about why I dealt my the abuse for so long.
The person reading this book has got the most compassionate voice and it truly helped to get the content of the book across so much.
I pray Shannon Thomas writes more books. She is an incredibly talented woman who has a real skill for getting her point across in writing.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
I can't thank you enough for this blessing book! I'm sure that all the survivors going to say the same!