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Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse

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Examining why emotional abuse is so common and damaging, this book reveals how those who have been abused by a spouse, parent, employer, or minister can overcome the past and rebuild their self-image. It provides strategies for dealing with the verbal abuser, information on spiritual abuse, and a biblical plan for healing.
Paperback, 221 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published April 1st 1995)
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Kimberlee Maclean
Oct 16, 2012 Kimberlee Maclean rated it liked it
This, like many books out there has a good definition and examples of emotional abuse. I didn't find the suggestions for healing particularly helpful.

I was turned off by the religious aspects of the book but found it easy to skim over those sections.
Jennifer
Jan 29, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most common secrets that are held within many households is the issue of emotional abuse. The mere mention of it is hushed away or laughed at nervously by family members in hopes that another subject will be brought up. Emotional abuse is a generational behavior that is learned and passed down from mother to daughter and from father to son. It is often unintended or sometimes viciously practiced. This book is a wonderful tool that describes the various types of characteristics of emot ...more
Matthew Kowalski
Jun 05, 2015 Matthew Kowalski rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who want to understand emotional abuse further.
I read this book to try to see things that I may be blind to being that I am living my life and do not have complete perspective to the full truth and consequence of all of my actions and my life.

Further I wanted to stop hurting people in the way I have and need external help to know what I have done that hurts others so that I can actively try to change what I have done.

I also wanted to be able to be able to carry out my work on this planet more effectively and understanding others and myself
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Catherine
May 17, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that this was a purchase instead of a library book for me. I will read it and work the exercises in it often. When it is time to move beyond the "Did that really happen?" shock in your mind, this book can help you start to identify and heal the lingering hurt.
Gigi Murfitt
Feb 10, 2014 Gigi Murfitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very helpful to understand the many aspects of emotional abuse. I have seen the devastation on friends and family that can affect generations when it is ignored.

Too often we settle for a statement something like this, "That's just the way my (fill in friend or loved one's name) is. He/she is never going to change. I'm cool with the way they treat me (or his/her family or coworkers. I have just learned to live with it and dodge the (fill in the method of abuse here - angry word
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Carey
Apr 02, 2012 Carey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was extremely helpful for me. It has affirmations, questionaires, and other activites to help with your recovery. This is a very good read and would recommeded for anyone who has ever been through any kind of abuse
Judy Kim
Nov 16, 2015 Judy Kim rated it it was amazing
Wow this has been such a crucial and eye opening book to my healing process from emotional and verbal abuse that is still so hard to accept or come to terms with but this spoke so much truth and insight and I felt finally understood for all the fears and anxiety and low self esteem (tho it doesn't seem like it but all the stuff that goes inside my mind) and all the feelings of inferiority and feeling unsafe wherever I am was that someone would attack me.. All realizing it was due to my childhood ...more
Catherine McClelland
When choosing to read this book it was without realizing all the Christian rhetoric. I found this disconcerting. That aside, the book was full of much helpful information about emotional abuse. It also provided thought provoking exercises on the topic.
Jeremy
Feb 02, 2013 Jeremy rated it really liked it
This book coincides with what has been pointed out and taught by my Christian counselor. While the book is a great resource I have found that I am better suited to learning the points as they have been presented to me in counseling. So for me counseling with this book as a resource is great, but just the book would not provide the results needed for me to change and grow. I am not saying the questions and surveys in the book are not useful, I'm saying that I need a counselor to have me answer th ...more
Laurie
May 17, 2012 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Extremely helpful book... given to me by a cherished mentor... led to she & I co-leading two support (non-professional) groups for women over the next 4 years... hugely therapeutic and SPOT ON truthful. Would recommend it to everyone and anyone! Will forever be grateful to my precious mentor & friend!
Shela
Oct 12, 2011 Shela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome...great for those who are trying to find Healing. It also deals with forgiveness...and preventing repeated history..
Kyrie
Sep 05, 2013 Kyrie rated it really liked it
Very good book... helps you to put everything in perspective. Gives excellent examples of emotional abuse.
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