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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2012
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This book has a great deal of information. Much of its content is pertinent and can be a wonderful reference to various people. Some of the content is very 'victim blaming'. I think after reading it several time and discussing it with other individuals it would be nice to have a revised addition that didn't focus so much on destructive patterns but more on response. I believe far too often our contemporary American culture negates the actions of the abusers and tries to change the behavior of the victim; this type of literature is helpful to those who have survived abuse yet it continues to perpetuate problems. I think overall the subject matter is as hardy as a loaf of sourdough bread, but a considerable amount of advice within this text can be harmful to those that have or are still experiencing abuse and should be taken with a grain of salt!

On another note, I superficially like the recent cover with white and purple as opposed to the older one with off-white/yellow & black bold title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2014
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This book is more suited to women who seem to enter relationships with emotionally abusive partners. But in the case of emotional abuse coming from one's adult son, or an adult son-in-law it is not helpful with any solutions. One cannot easily free themselves from a son-in-law while maintaining a relationship with beloved daughter and grandchildfren without damaging the relationship with the daughter who loves her husband. One cannot free themselves from a son without losing the relationship with one's grandchildren - an ace up the sleeve of the abusers to keep you in your place because you have too much to lose by cutting these abusers out of your life. The tactics of these abusers is well explained, at least it helps with the "Ah Ha!! Moment" of realizing what game is really being played at your expense. But the solutions are not found in this book for this kind or problem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2012
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Personally, I believe this book and other "older" domestic abuse/violence books linger a bit too long on the idea of codependency. I do not think abused people are necessarily co-dependent (although some are). Nevertheless, it is one I read and benefited from when I was deciding whether or not to leave my husband.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
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I have just started my journey to recovery. This book has helped me face the truth about my childhood as well as my adult life. I am beginning to realize the bad patterns I have adopted and the reason for them through reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2015
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It's okay read but not what I thought would help really just to many stories of other people's problems but not the advice I was looking for to work with
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
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this book help show you where you or what happen wrong and to help heal from the past like this book but not my fav.I wanted more on an indept about getting better to be it shows only the basics.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
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book was more worn than described. Yellow pages and warn wavy pages was present on the book. its satisfactory. I read it.
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2003
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Like somebody's dissertation, very theoretical. Not good for practical use.
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