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Who's Pulling Your Strings?: How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life Paperback – September 12, 2004
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A powerful program to free yourself from manipulators--and regain control of your life
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, bestselling 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
On an alternate note, there are also scenarios in this book that might make you think of a time or times that you have manipulated others. It's helpful to have these pointed out and be conscious of your own manipulative tactics even if you weren't aware of them previously.
Still, very helpful in identifying and understanding their motives and actions.
In a few short weeks I have put an end to so much manipulation in my life. It takes the wind right out of the manipulator's sails. The book is right...the manipulator will blow really hard, so prepare yourself; it's going to get stormy.
It's worth it if you can hold to your purpose. It's great to get back some self-respect and strength of character.
This is a great book...where has it been all my life? I really appreciate the help in figuring out all the fog that people cloak their behaviors in when they are trying to persuade you with emotional force.
I especially appreciate the examples on adult-parent to adult-child pressure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the book and I got as far as page 92 before I realized every other third page is missing from that point forward. Anybody else had this problem?Published 2 months ago by NYorker
I have been through therapy for years. I was in a marriage with a very manipulative person. I must still deal with this person because we have children together. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KB
I rate this book highly for what it has to offer for most people, in most manipulative situations. There are some great pointers here. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rose
I bought this book for my Kindle to help me understand one particular person in my life. It helped TREMENDOUSLY. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CreativeC
One of my favs!!!
Learned so much from this book being a unhealthy people pleaser. Helped me identify minipulators and how to deal with them! It's next to my Bible:)))
I listened to the audible version and I believe most of the book explains the tactics people use to manipulate others. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BryanML