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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Mysteries of Life; 1st edition (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886264244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886264243
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,141,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can t think of any book I have ever read that was put together in such a clever way. This book starts out by telling you the story of The Emperor s New Clothes. Once that is read and understood, Judith Barr breaks into chapters the points that she wants to make on power abused and power healed. She doesn t just break them into any old chapters though, she starts each chapter at the point in the story where the little child exclaims but the Emperor has nothing on at all! Each chapter represents a different ending to the fairy tale, whether it is that the child is getting beaten, sexually abused, ignored, or praised for speaking up about the truth. Judith Barr brings you to the climax of the fairy tale at the beginning of each chapter, which hooks the reader in immediately. Once the fairy tale and each of its alternate endings is told, Judith goes into that child s life and how they grew up; forgetting about the day the Emperor had no clothes on and how their lives played out based on the type of abuse they endured during their childhood. This book is perfectly organized, fun to read, and very, very insightful. She opens your eyes about people in a position of power and how easily they can abuse it; whether knowingly or not. She not only describes how people in a position of power can abuse, but the outcome it has on someone who is the victim. I was a little confused at first about who the helpers were; Mita and Aren. They appeared in most of the mini stories. I thought at first that they were actual people, but realized that they were fictional because in one story they could be a therapist, in another a friend, in another just a roommate with good advice. I think what Judith Barr was trying to portray was that these helpers could come in any shape or form, and help in many different ways. Another aspect of the book I really liked was at the end of each chapter it has a section where it wraps up what you just read. It does a quick recap of what the story was, and how power was abused, and how it was healed. It also answers the question so many readers would have what happens after they find help? Judith gives a quick paragraph on what they did after they had an emotional breakthrough and got the help that they deserved. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something not too challenging to read, but also looking for some very insightful information. This book has definitely opened my eyes to the things going on around me and to the people that have power that can so easily be abused. ASHLEY MERRILL, Front Street Reviews --FrontStreetReviews.com

This is the best book on power and its abuse by therapists and spiritual leaders since Guggenbuhl-Craig's trenchant Power in the Helping Professions. Anyone whose therapy or discipleship has gone rotten through no fault of their own will find wisdom and comfort here. It should be required reading for all therapists and healers in training. --ROGER WOOLGER , Jungian analyst, Regression therapist, Noted international author and lecturer

Using Hans Andersen s fairy tale about the emperor whose vanity lands him naked on parade, Judith Barr explores the stories of many kinds of power. While her accounts are mainly focused on power abuse in families and the helping professions, we know only too well how the same dynamics surround us. In politics, in the corporate world, in church institutions, even in our news sources, we can see many forms of abuse that distort reality, silence questioning, crush empathy, and build empires based on greed, power, and righteous self-aggrandizement. Because Judith Barr s parables are enjoyable and deceptively simple, they help to raise consciousness in non-threatening ways. They creep under our defenses to wake us up. Thus they can be used by parents, family therapists, pastoral counselors, and group leaders in t --SYLVIA BRINTON PERERA , Jungian analyst, author of Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women

This is the best book on power and its abuse by therapists and spiritual leaders since Guggenbuhl-Craig's trenchant Power in the Helping Professions. Anyone whose therapy or discipleship has gone rotten through no fault of their own will find wisdom and comfort here. It should be required reading for all therapists and healers in training. --ROGER WOOLGER , Jungian analyst, Regression therapist, Noted international author and lecturer

Using Hans Andersen s fairy tale about the emperor whose vanity lands him naked on parade, Judith Barr explores the stories of many kinds of power. While her accounts are mainly focused on power abuse in families and the helping professions, we know only too well how the same dynamics surround us. In politics, in the corporate world, in church institutions, even in our news sources, we can see many forms of abuse that distort reality, silence questioning, crush empathy, and build empires based on greed, power, and righteous self-aggrandizement. Because Judith Barr s parables are enjoyable and deceptively simple, they help to raise consciousness in non-threatening ways. They creep under our defenses to wake us up. Thus they can be used by parents, family therapists, pastoral counselors, and group leaders in their work. They can also be used for self-reflection, for it is not hard to find aspects of ourselves mirrored in them. I would also like to see this book as mandatory reading for politicians and CEOs. Everyone claiming authority needs to know the dire consequences to self and to others of the power shadow. When we are not aware, we may find ourselves parading our grandeur and goodness as foolishly as the naked emperor, or as cruelly as any tyrant. --SYLVIA BRINTON PERERA , Jungian analyst, author of Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women

About the Author

Judith Barr, M.S., is a Spiritual Midwife--midwife to the soul--a depth psychotherapist, and a licensed professional counselor with a private practice in Brookfield, Connecticut. Her unique kind of psychotherapy bridges the human and the Divine. For over 30 years, she has done innovative work that has helped change people's lives from the inside out. Judith is a grounded authority on power and its most positive ise and has a passion for safety in he healing container.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader Views on June 28, 2007
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Reviewed by Tyler R. Tichelaar for Reader Views (6/07)

In "Power Abused, Power Healed," Judith Barr, psychotherapist and licensed spiritual counselor, uses Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of "The Emperor's New Clothes" to explore the abuse of power, and especially how an abuse of power in childhood can affect us in adulthood.

Barr uses "The Emperor's New Clothes" to create multiple examples of how power is abused. Each chapter of "Power Abused, Power Healed" is a variation of Andersen's story, where a child announces the emperor is wearing no clothes. The reactions are different in each version, including parents telling the child to shut up, parents refusing to discuss with the child why he must lie and pretend the emperor has clothes, or parents who threaten the child with punishment if he doesn't keep his mouth shut. In each of these situations, Barr extrapolates a type of abuse. She goes on to tell the story of that child as an adult, who has forgotten about the emperor, only to come across another instance of power abused in adulthood, have a reawakening of the experience with the emperor, and heal inside.

What I thought was most effective about "Power Abused, Power Healed" was the depiction of how people react to situations based on their childhood traumas. I have read elsewhere that 80% of our reaction to something is based upon our reaction to a past event we have not yet worked out; Barr has used extensive examples of how such childhood experiences come back to haunt us when we experience similar abuses of power as adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dianne on July 2, 2007
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Judith Barr's book Power Abused, Power Healed is a gift for every person who reads it. At this time in our world individually and nationally people are "acting out" rather than looking inside themselves to find the source of their anger, sadness, fear. Until each of us makes it our own personal responsibility to heal ourselves from the inside out ... this "acting out" will continue ... to the detriment of personal relationships and society as a whole.

Judith Barr has found a gentle and subtle way, through fairy tale, to teach us all how our early childhood experiences and the early decisions we make, based on those experiences, will affect our adult lives, often limiting our potential. She also teaches that there is a way to heal those early wounds so that our life energy may be used magnificently.

This book is for everyone! For parents and children, teachers and students, government officials and the voting public, ministers and their congregations, husbands and wives, anyone in relationship ... which is everyone.

Every one of us on this human journey should take the opportunity to read this book ... and let it's magic create a path through our wall of defenses to begin the healing work ... that can, one person at a time, heal our world.

This book has changed my life. Buy it, read it, begin to work with Judith's teachings. It will change your life too.
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In a time of "quick-fix" pop psychology, and "playing the blame game" when it comes to the state of the world, it's rare and wonderful to find a book that challenges the reader to delve into themselves, their motivations and behaviors, their thoughts and feelings, to find the solution to the problem of the abuse of power in the world.

Ms. Barr's book does exactly that.

Using the time-honored tale of "The Emperor's New Clothes", Barr explores a variety of potential outcomes of the small child's revelation, introducing us to a myriad of characters in search of deeper healing for their childhood wounds suffered at the hands of an emperor whose own wounds had never been addressed. Along the way, these men and women encounter abuse in many forms, from therapists, spiritual leaders and other "professionals", whose own inner work remains obviously incomplete...as well as moments of insight, breakthrough and true healing.

Far from removing the reader's sense of personal responsibility, Power Abused, Power Healed charges each of us to dive into our depths, to take steps towards healing our own wounds, to face our own darkness, and in doing so, to help create a world where all of us are conscious of how we use our own power.

Barr's easy style sneaks below the reader's conscious mind, entertaining us with compelling, well-written narratives of pain and healing, pulling us into the world of her characters. Readers can connect personally with the situations Barr relates, and can see mirrored in each story both the abuses they have suffered at the hands of others in power, and, more importantly, the ways in which they themselves have abused or misused their own authority.
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The book Power Abused, Power Healed shows an approach to get to the bottom of hidden emotions that cause many troubles once your an adult. It is good to review the authors method. I do fell the author kept repeating herself, but I have read other books on this subject, so it wasn't completely new to me. A good read for those who are still searching for help at those nasty emotions. I don't have it all correct either, I did learn and found some new thoughts from the author's approach. Good for all who are searching for answers.
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