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  • Perfect Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Health and Well-Being Publications, LLC (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977801322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977801329
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandra L. Brown, M.A. is the CEO of The Dangerous Relationship Institute A Relational Harm Reduction and Public Psychopathy Education Project. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and has been the former director of Bridgework Counseling Center, a multi-faceted mental health program for trauma disorders and psychopathology. She has provided program development for hospital inpatient and outpatient programs, designed and ran residential treatment programs for multi-pathological diagnosis clients, and worked in Domestic Violence and other outpatient settings. She has provided training and consultations to other therapists regarding treatment issues of psychopathology, trauma disorders, and pathological love relationships. She is the author of six books, including How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved and Counseling Victims of Violence. Liane J. Leedom, M.D. is Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut. She has a B.S. in Psychobiology and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Southern California. She completed advanced training in psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA and Yale New Haven Hospital. She spent 10 years in private practice where she specialized in treating severe mood disorders in women. Liane is very concerned with the well-being of at-risk children, including those whose parents suffer from mental illness. These children carry genetic risk for mental illness and can be subjected to harsh environments due to the problems of their parents. She has authored three books including, Just Like His Father? A Guide to Overcoming Your Child s Genetic Connection to Antisocial Behavior, Addiction and ADHD. Liane also operates ParentingtheAtRiskChild.com, a web site in English and Spanish, that provides important parenting information to parents around the world.

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I just kept nodding my head as I was reading.
Echo
There are quotes from victims as well as great advice on how to spot the warning signs and run run run if you encounter a psychopath.
Ingrid Tulloch
"Women Who Love Psychopaths" is an eye-opening experience and certainly a must read.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By B. Kopenhaver on July 17, 2008
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Based off a case study of seventy-five women, Women Who Love Psychopaths is Sandra Brown's latest tome dealing with dangerous men, and how to spot them before they can seriously cause damage. Liane Leedom also contributed, however her view of psychopathy is something more along the lines of the DSM-IV category, which anyone who studies the subject know is grossly misleading and quite inaccurate. The book offers a look inside the minds of psychopaths (which is the part I recommend you skip), as well as the minds and emotional traits of the women that tend to be their victims. It also gives an extremely details look at the 'bonding' process these women go through, how their psychopaths were able to hook them and keep them once their pathological behavior starts to rear its ugly head.

My biggest complaint about the book are its contributions by Liane Leedom. For example, on page 19 we're told, "ADHD is often a precursor to psychopathy." which simply isn't true. No reference is cited nor have I seen this in the classic literature (Hare, Cleckley, etc.) There was also a tendency to quote Wikipedia as if it's a reliable source. If I've learned anything about Wikipedia is that it's good for something, mundane things, like the temperature of the sun or a superficial look at history or definitions, but when it comes to sensitive topics, like the Israel-Palestinian bit, Iran, or psychopathy that the information is likely to be skewed in favor of the mainstream. If you want a good example contrast these two entries on the topic: [...] and [...] That latter one has good case studies of individual nut jobs too if you're interested.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid Tulloch on July 12, 2008
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Wish I could give it a zillion starts. Learn how your greatest strength in normal circumstances become your greatest weakness when dealing with people as pathologically damaged as psychopaths. The authors took research surveys from 75 women and came up with a victim profile that is spot on. There are quotes from victims as well as great advice on how to spot the warning signs and run run run if you encounter a psychopath.
Women who love psychopaths is a concise easy read too. Even if you haven't experienced the pain of having loved a psychopath it should be read by every woman, and man for that matter. There are also female psychopaths after all. Which brings me to the only issue I have with the book-it's written for women. When the title is considered it isn't really an issue but I still think it is good advice for anyone who may fall in love with a psychopath, regardless of the gender of the victim or the aggressor. It's fantastic research by the authors. Get a copy for someone you care about, especially if the person is looking for love. While at it, get a copy of Sandra Brown's other book: how to spot a dangerous man before you get involved. Both are necessary reading.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley Bruesch on May 26, 2008
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Wow! I needed this book 30 years ago as it would have changed the course of my entire life. You see, I got involved with a psychopath as a teenager. I spent 18 years of my life with him. We have been divorced for 9 years now and I FINALLY understand what it is that happened to me. I spent decades of my life trying to figure out what was wrong with him or me or our relationship that resulted in so much pain for me. This information has finally set me free and on the road to healing the deep emotional and psychological wounds that this man left me with. I hope that many women will read this book and be spared the torture that I lived with for too many years.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lh Crosbie on May 21, 2008
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The book delivers life-saving information and could restore your emotional health. If you've ever been in any type of harmful relationship, it would be a good idea to read this. If you've ever felt like you're losing your mind, like you're getting nowhere, or like you're living in a fog, this could give you the knowledge and skills you need to deliver yourself from a destructive relationship. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone.

Laurie Hill-Crosbie, M.A.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sandra L. Brown on May 16, 2008
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It was a joy to write this book because as a therapist who works with women coming out of relationships with narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths I see what incredible harm they have been through. This country lacks almost any approach at all to Public Psychopathy Education. It is no wonder people fall into these relationships over and over because they have no idea how to spot these types of disorders until they are hood-winked and emotional hostages of true predators.

I am honored to be able to offer the public a first hand approach at spotting them and also the **first ever** identification of the women's 'super traits' that are causing her to be attracted to, and tolerant of, these types of disorders. May this be the first break through of many to help the public understand these disorders, relationships and their victims.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A mommy on July 4, 2008
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This book is a must read if you or anyone you know has been involved with a bad/ abusive relationship or a series of bad ones. If you are asking yourself why was I with him or if you can't leave him, get this book. If you have been conned by a man, get this book. If your friend has been conned by a man, get this book so you can support them. In fact, even if you have not had a pathological relationship, but are a "good-hearted" women who gives away trust easily, likes excitement and loves extroverted men, get this book, it could save your life. My personality profile fits exactly into the study results of this book-- Even though I am considered suucessful and intelligent, my child and I have suffered severely at the hand of a Psychopath. This book will illuminate your vulnerbilities, his manipulation methods and also help you forgive yourself. It will validate you in ways others can not.. especially those who have not experienced this ordeal. It is a stepping stone to the begining of recovery. I could not put it down.
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