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Power Abused, Power Healed Paperback – February 27, 2007
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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
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 use and has a passion for safety in the healing container.
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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.
Power Abused, Power Healed helps us to recognize these and many more subtle ways power is abused and harm inflicted on innocents. The author, Judith Barr, uses storytelling to gently educate and guide us to recognize the variety of ways power is abused. She uses the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” as a template to reveal the different ways power is abused and the depth of woundedness each abuse causes.
I am not a therapist, but educated by my own life experience and reading. This book is a quick read and has such wonderful nuggets of insight. When you read it, you will know that you are reading TRUTH! You know that the author has done her own healing work and has helped so many, has seen these abuses, knows what she’s talking about and can help you begin to heal your own wounded self. This book is that beginning.
The chapters each take a particular abuse of power and explain to us how it starts, builds, and the damage it causes. The chapter story also reveals when the abuse is recognized and how a truly trusted friend/advisor aids in this recognition and starts the healing process by getting to the root of the abuse—the truth of what is going on.
Each story is followed by a review, followed by questions for the readers to ask themselves to see if they have experienced such abuse, with the trusted adviser possibly recommending further healing work to help the person become whole.
If you want to be a better parent, clergy, politician, manager, therapist … person, read this book and learn how you, too, can recognize abusers of power and victims of abuse, even if it is you that you recognize! And once you see power abuse for what it is, find ways to bring about change and healing. It’s all here in this little book that will change you and will help you learn how to heal yourself and our world.
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