• Who's Pulling Your Strings?

  • How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life
  • By: Harriet Braiker
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-27-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (367 ratings)

Regular price: $19.60

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Publisher's Summary

Millions of people, both men and women, can become involved in relationships with manipulators, people who control through emotional manipulation, insults, and mind games. These "toxic" relationships erode self-esteem and make life miserable for the victim. Whether the manipulator is a relative, a spouse or romantic partner, a boss, coworker, or subordinate, or even a trusted friend or advisor, Dr. Harriet B. Braiker, best-selling author of The Disease to Please, shows you how to break this damaging cycle for good. Who's Pulling Your Strings? will help you end a current destructive relationship, understand how it occurred, and prevent you from ever getting involved in a manipulative relationship again. Using revealing self-assessment quizzes, action plans, and how-to exercises, Dr. Braiker empowers you to:

Recognize the signs of a manipulative relationship
Spot manipulators and their typical ways of operating
Assess your own vulnerability to manipulation
Identify the 7 main "Head Games" manipulators play
Utilize effective resistance tactics against manipulator's efforts
Transform yourself from a "soft" to a "hardened" target
Extricate yourself from manipulative relationships that do not change
Protect yourself from falling prey to manipulators' control in the future
Stop others from pulling your strings once and for all With insight, compassionate advice, and self-affirming strategies, Dr. Braiker helps you end any manipulative relationship and regain control of your life, starting right now.
©2004 Harriet M. Braiker, Ph.D. (P)2004 AMI
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5 out of 5 stars
By Marie A on 05-23-13

I highly recommend this book.

What did you love best about Who's Pulling Your Strings??

I have been married for almost 25 years and for almost all that time I have been controlled and abused by my husband and now … my two sons ( one adult and one almost adult).
I have been depressed, suicidal, convinced that I am a biggest looser-you name it …
I was listening to many books about detachment and had huge doubts that this approach works.Today for the first time I was able to “partially detach” from my husband’s abuse and belittling. It felt so good........
I highly recommend this book. Just keep listening - it will help .

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29 of 31 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Stevia Rae on 01-30-12

Better than the other one I read on same subject

Where does Who's Pulling Your Strings? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Fairly well. It was definitely helpful in SEEING how manipulators operate and how we respond.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Who's Pulling Your Strings??

Discovering how manipulators love people-pleasers. ;)

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16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By mr on 03-26-18

Very on point

Any additional comments?

Very well put together. I find the stories in the beginning a bit boring but the content is very good and really nails the issue. She also gives really good strategies. An absolute must for anyone experiencing these issues. Have listened twice sometimes three times in places, very eye opening and useful knowledge!

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5 out of 5 stars
By TW on 06-14-17


narration very clear. slightly robotic but was fine. good length of book. listening for a second time.....

repetitive storyline but very effective in repeating the same problem and solutions in varying formats. works for me.

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