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I’ve never been an assertive person, I can sing for hundreds or even thousands of people but don’t care much for the mingling afterward.
I found myself grieving my mothers death and engaged to a man who after 4 years started showing obvious signs of alcoholism and was just cruel. He was the most cruel when I was devastated. It’s like an injured animal in the wild... the beast comes out. His daughter lied so much about me that child protective services was called on me. But once they interviewed her it was obvious that she was told what to say. Her mother is difficult.
My son is 22 and has severe, nonverbal autism. I was drowning and was having panic attacks for the first time in my life. I ended up going to the emergency room because I had lost my ability to speak. It was bad. I couldn’t even figure out where to start to get help. So I bought this book and another called Emotional First Aid by Guy Winch. I practiced the tools taught here, then I implemented them. It became apparent that he would crush me when I was already down so I allowed myself a little extra dramatics and when he pounced... I used what I learned. It stopped him and I was able to start the process of healing and getting out. I’m almost moved out and I don’t let tantrums bother me, I pretend he is practicing for a play or something and I leave him to it.
I have learned about myself also... and am working on getting a therapist as soon as I’m done moving.
So, you could say I like this book. :)
It gave me enough information to begin the next chapter in my life.
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I am a mental health professional, but my interest in this book was primarily of a personal nature. Its advice has been invaluable to me both in my personal life as well as in treating my patients. A must read for all mental health professionals and by anyone who has felt drained in personal relationships. Very easy to follow, with clear concepts and memorable examples and analogies.
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