The Nice Girl Syndrome: Stop Being Manipulated and Abused - and Start Standing Up for Yourself

  • by Beverly Engel
  • Narrated by Emily Durante
  • 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Find out how women can overcome the pressure to please others and feel free to be their true selves.
Are you too nice for your own good? Do family members manipulate you? Do coworkers take advantage of you? If this sounds familiar, listen to The Nice Girl Syndrome. In this breakthrough guide, renowned author and therapist Beverly Engel, who has helped thousands of women recognize and leave emotionally abusive relationships, can show you how to take control of your life and take care of yourself.
Engel explains that women today simply cannot afford to be Nice Girls, because women who are too nice send the message that they are easy targets and are much more likely to be victimized emotionally, physically, and sexually. She identifies the seven different types of Nice Girls and helps you understand which type or types might apply to you. Engel helps you determine whether the Nice Girl Syndrome is keeping you in an abusive relationship or in manipulative situations and helps you change Nice Girl beliefs and behaviors that are holding you back. This book:


Explains how to confront the beliefs and behaviors that keep you stuck in a Nice Girl act as you replace them with healthier, more empowering ones.
Includes inspiring stories of women Engel has worked with who have found the courage and strength to stop taking abuse and start standing up for themselves.
Is written by renowned author and therapist Beverly Engel, who has helped thousands of women recognize and leave emotionally abusive relationships.
Filled with wise advice, powerful exercises, and practical prescriptions, The Nice Girl Syndrome tells you step by step how to take control of your life and be your own strong woman.

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"This book will challenge, entertain, and empower its readers." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not what I expected...

Some of this book did not sit well with me. There were several references to childhood trauma, forgiving your parents for abuse, that just didn't seem to fit with what had just been discussed. I have no childhood traumas or abuse from family - which after listening to this book it seems that women who have gone thru this seemed to be the target audience. I thought the book would be more about how to be assertive & better express yourself/emotions, etc - not recovering from physical & emotional abuse.

While parts were slightly relatable to my situation, nothing gave me that "ah ha!" moment of thats what i need to do with myself. But hey, thats my opinion. Others may find just what they need out of this book.
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- Dena

very true &pleasing tone

most examples were so accurate you would think the nice girl syndrome was a pandemic.
it sure seems to be.
the emphasis is on learnt submission in childhood and watching other women act this way, 'taking things lying down'.
I did this for so long to be accepted and avoid displeasure. I like the tone of the book and the narrative is very pleasing. you will like listening as it explains scenarios and why it went wrong. specificity is important when dealing with the fragile human psyche.
I like the book alot. it will address all important human relationships the nice girl has been conditioned to become a people pleaser at her cost.
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- Shweta Ganesh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios