Beverly Engel


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Beverly Engel has been a psychotherapist for thirty years, specializing in the areas of abuse recovery, relationships, women’s issues and sexuality. She is also the best-selling author of 20 self-help books, many of which have been featured on national television and radio programs (Oprah, CNN, Ricki Lake, Starting Over) as well as national print media (O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, The LA Times, and The Chicago Tribune to name a few).

She is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the issue of emotional abuse, as well as a pioneer on the issue, having written one of the first recovery books on the subject (The Emotionally Abused Woman).

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Emotional abuse can be difficult to recognize

The scars left by emotional abuse may not be visible to the eye, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less painful to endure.




While physical abuse is easy to recognize, emotional abuse can be less obvious. It’s crucial to know what to look for, whether you’re the victim or a family member or friend of someone who’s struggling.




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Healing Your Emotional Self...

4.08 avg rating — 495 ratings — published 2006
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The Emotionally Abused Woma...

4.01 avg rating — 337 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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The Emotionally Abusive Rel...

4.15 avg rating — 324 ratings — published 2002 — 14 editions
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The Nice Girl Syndrome: Sto...

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It Wasn't Your Fault: Freei...

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Loving Him without Losing Y...

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Encouragements for the Emot...

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The Parenthood Decision

3.14 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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The Right to Innocence

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Honor Your Anger: How Trans...

3.85 avg rating — 55 ratings — published 1999 — 17 editions
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“Why isn't there a commandment to "honor thy children" or at least one to "not abuse thy children"? The notion that we must honor our parents causes many people to bury their real feelings and set aside their own needs in order to have a relationship with people they would otherwise not associate with. Parents, like anyone else, need to earn respect and honor, and honoring parents who are negative and abusive is not only impossible but extremely self-abusive. Perhaps, as with anything else, honoring our parents starts with honoring ourselves. For many adult children, honoring themselves means not having anything to do with one or both of their parents.”
Beverly Engel, Divorcing a Parent

“With emotional abuse, the insults, insinuations, criticism, and accusations slowly eat away at the victim’s self-esteem until he or she is incapable of judging a situation realistically. He or she may begin to believe that there is something wrong with them or even fear they are losing their mind. They have become so beaten down emotionally that they blame themselves for the abuse.”
Beverly Engel, The Emotionally Abusive Relationship: How to Stop Being Abused and How to Stop Abusing

“You cannot make yourself have a flashback, nor will you have one unless you are emotionally ready to remember something. Once remembered, the memory can help you to face more of the truth. You can then express your pent-up feelings about the memory and continue on your path to recovery. Think of the flashback as a clue to the next piece of work. No matter how painful, try to view it as a positive indication that you are now ready and willing to remember.”
Beverly Engel, The Right to Innocence

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