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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!
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Where does Healing from Hidden Abuse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is the best and last book I will ever need. At age 65 I am finally at peace with my past. Both the author and reader are so compassionate (the information and presentation) I listened to this book 3 times.
I'm sure there are "professionals" who would dispute some of her approach to healing the pain of past abuse but this is the end of a long search for me. I plan to share this book with my four sisters. It is better late than never.
What about Wendy Tremont King’s performance did you like?
She has a comforting voice.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, it's one you need to take in slowly.
Any additional comments?
For anyone suffering from the abuse of a narcissist, past or in your present life, I hope you find this book as helpful as it was for me.
20 of 20 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!