From Library Journal
An interpersonal communications specialist, Evans (The Verbally Abusive Relationship) has written a timely book that not only helps readers free themselves from controlling types but also seeks to explain the occurrence of verbal abuse, battering, stalking, harassment, hate crimes, gang violence, tyranny, terrorism, and territorial invasion. What she calls a "compelling force" overcomes these controllers; because they sense the overwhelming "psychic pain, distress, and discord permeating the world," they must impose a twisted kind of order on their friends, lovers, and acquaintances. Often, she continues, people with good intentions end up doing the opposite of what they would need to do to realize a goal or fulfill a need. This is a compelling work, but it belongs in the hands of counselors; lay readers who feel controlled will find it worthwhile but hard going. Public and academic libraries with special collections on relationships should also strongly consider. Susan E. Burdick, MLS, Reading, PA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"I feel a compelling force to tell you that I consider your genuine blockbuster--"Controlling People" to be probably the single greatest 'grande synthesis' I have yet seen. And I have seen hundreds of hundreds of ambitious but partial attempts at this over my 75 years. I passionately hope you can persuade your publisher to give this gem the widest possible publicity. Human kind urgently needs this, both on an individual and a collective level. Nothing else seems to be working very effectively " -- David L. Quinby Professor Emeritus Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.) "Your books should be required reading in any psychiatric residency. Abuse is of epidemic proportions in our country and needs to be widely addressed. Counselors and clergy should be educated on how to deal with this so they can be a help not a further hindrance." -- Dr. Barry Kraft -- retired Chief of Psychiatry at Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo, CO."
"...the most important thing is to realize that you don't deserve to be treated that way."-Oprah Winfrey (advance praise for Controlling People); "A groundbreaking new book."-Newsweek