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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sheldon Press (May 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847092764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847092762
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Jane McGregor is an author and lecturer at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham. Tim McGregor is a health practitioner with more than 20 years' experience in addiction and sociopathy.

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Anyone who works with people...should read this book.
Tracey Tupper
The Empathy Trap is validating and educational, and offers tools for learning to live with the effects of sociopathic interactions.
N. Roy
This book told my story word for word, almost like it was written about me.
Wendi Seymour

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Donnaleigh de la Rose on August 16, 2013
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I would like to thank the authors of this remarkable book for a *superb* job. In the past two years I have read well over 30 books on the topic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, antisocial personality disorder, sociopathy and psychopathy, so I enjoy comparing between texts and literature to see which are the best for people in this experience. This book is very clearly written for the lay person, and shows how to clearly identify these individuals, how to deal with them, and how to heal from the concussion after being hit by the relationship damage.

Most of all, I want to give the authors accolades for bringing forward (FINALLY!) the important relationship triad that involves the "Apath." This is a third person they bring in to elevate themselves and character assassinate the empath. This serves to prove that the predator is worthy, whether done through smear campaigns or distortion campaigns (either public, or whether behind the scenes in networking strategies). The role of the Apath, the person they enlist to side with them, is something that is not discussed or even mentioned in other books, and it is such a critical and unnerving part of the experience. Bravo to you for bringing it to light and defining its presence and how to manage that as well. A standing ovation to you for this. I'd love to see more on this, and how today's apath can also sometimes be an overlapping victim empath in some cases.

This was very well done, and will give a great eye-opening epiphany to many who are experiencing the puzzling maze of deception built by the sociopaths of our society. Great title, great topic, well done book. Highly recommended and a fabulous place to start reading on this topic that is misunderstood by so much of society. Oh, how charm can deceive.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Piper O'Neal on October 23, 2013
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I devoured the "The Empathy Trap" in one afternoon. The entire book felt like a chapter straight out of my life as I have been a magnet for narcissists and sociopaths my entire life. It wasn't until I read this book that I understood that being raised by a malignant narcissistic mother and growing up with a narcissistic, sociopathic brother would set the stage and become the recurring theme that would play out in my life for nearly 50 years with lovers, bosses, friends, neighbors, and other family members. This book shined a light of clarity and understanding into the darkest recesses of my life like no book ever has before. "The Empathy Trap" succinctly tied up all of the the elusive loose ends that have haunted me for decades by providing information to help me protect myself against "arch-manipulators." More importantly, this book succinctly outlines the players needed for the transaction of the sociopath to be successful. I have a newfound awareness about myself, the sociopath, how and why sociopaths go unnoticed and unpunished. If you have been in a romantic relationship, work relationship, or friendship with a narcissist, or a sociopath, or know someone who has, you owe it to yourself to read this book and/or recommend it. My copy is highlighted, underlined, and marked up. It is one I will keep on my book shelf and refer to for years to come.
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Written in clear and simple language, "The Empathy Trap" encapsulates and renders accessible what are usually very complicated psychological terms and relational paradigms. Dr. Jayne McGregor and Tim McGregor, together, have put their clinical practice to work for those in the wider community, by offering this brief, but valuable guide to understanding, identifying, and healing from "sociopathic" or otherwise anti-social personalities.

Whether such types are found in your work place, social circle or family, there are ways of detecting what their specific pathological and unusual behaviours are, how they tend to operate outwardly and inwardly, and how their behaviours and beliefs complicate and pollute communications and triangulate relationships between immediate and extended family members as well as between their "targets" and social contacts.

This guide includes moving testimony by survivors of sociopathic abuse, as well as sober recommendations on how to establish healthy boundaries with abusers, and approaches to recovery from long-entrenched connection to them. It also offers a very helpful EQ (Emotional Quotient) test as well as a list of British and international organisations and mental health resources for those who need further assistance.

Overall, this is a must read for anyone in an abusive relationship, those interested in psychology and/or needing practical advice on removing the sociopath from his or her life and protecting children from harm and generational pain.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Roy on October 25, 2013
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The Empathy Trap is validating and educational, and offers tools for learning to live with the effects of sociopathic interactions. It provides suggestions and methods to move forward. It's impact cannot be understated, a guiding light that reaches into the darkness and brings light to those of us who have been tormented and abused by so called loved ones as well as acquaintances or work colleagues. This book brings an offering of hope for better days ahead. It is well written and easy to read. If you're looking for a book that helps you to make sense of an abusive, sociopathic, or narcissistic relationship, look no further.
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