A Man's Recovery from Traumatic Childhood Abuse: The Insiders

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The pseudonymous author of A Man's Recovery from Traumatic Childhood Abuse: The Insiders had everything a man could want: intelligence, physical strength, financial security, close friends, a loving girlfriend, a home in the most beautiful part of California. But he also had mysterious physical pains, a bisexual father who had been beaten to death in an unsolved murder, a mother who was always ailing, a brother who had been killed in a car accident on the way to his eighteenth birthday party. And a sense that all...

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Overview

The pseudonymous author of A Man's Recovery from Traumatic Childhood Abuse: The Insiders had everything a man could want: intelligence, physical strength, financial security, close friends, a loving girlfriend, a home in the most beautiful part of California. But he also had mysterious physical pains, a bisexual father who had been beaten to death in an unsolved murder, a mother who was always ailing, a brother who had been killed in a car accident on the way to his eighteenth birthday party. And a sense that all these facts were somehow connected, that there was a secret story that would link everything together. He also had the Insiders. These subpersonalities knew the story. They kept the secrets and held the pain. As he went through therapy, they emerged, told their stories, and helped him face the brutal, ongoing sexual abuse by his parents that had made his childhood a nightmare of terror, shame, and pain. Few male survivors of sexual abuse have spoken out to tell their stories. A Man's Recovery from Traumatic Childhood Abuse breaks the silence. Because the author is a trained therapist as well as a survivor, he weaves psychological theory with the biographical material. This unique dual view allows emotional and intellectual comprehension to develop in parallel.

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While recounting the journey of his healing from incest as a child, Knight sometimes sets aside his personal narrative and draws on his training as a psychotherapist to interpret and evaluate various theories on trauma and recovery, memory and personality. He is helped by Mark Falstein, a veteran ghost writer in business, professional, and self-help. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789010650
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 Robert: A Proposition from My Inner Child: June-October 1987 1
Ch. 2 Young One, Honey, Dream Woman, and Bear: Memories Are Made of This: November 1987-February 1988 19
Ch. 3 Child Abuse and Its Discontents: March-May 1988 35
Ch. 4 Anger, Despair, Self-Hate, Binges: June-November 1988 53
Ch. 5 My Man-of-Anger Takes Charge: November 1988-April 1989 69
Ch. 6 Sex Rears Several of Its Heads: April-August 1989 91
Ch. 7 Earthquakes, Within and Without: September-November 1989 111
Ch. 8 Q: The Memory of Pain: December 1989-April 1990 129
Ch. 9 Frankie: Befriending the Monster: May-October 1990 147
Ch. 10 Male at Risk: October 1990-April 1991 169
Ch. 11 The "Oh, No!" Experience: May-November 1991 191
Ch. 12 The Cost of Denial: December 1991-May 1992 209
Ch. 13 Disintegration: June-September 1992 229
Ch. 14 Healing: September-December 1992 249
Ch. 15 Burning Mom: January-May 1993 265
Postscript 291
Bibliography 297
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    Too focused on author's history; good only as a case study

    I was expecting a book in which the author related his personal experiences then sought to use his experiences as a therapist and a man who suffered through abuse to offer some guidance to others who have experienced similar trauma. Instead the book reads like a barely edited journal that the author kept during his time in therapy. EVERY personal detail, no matter how small, is included. The reader will get to experience all the negative emotions that the author goes through as well as getting descriptions of day to day living. I also could not relate to the "insiders" part of the therapy. The insiders are various beings that the author sees as he works through his trauma. I have no reference for this so I found little use for the great attention paid to the changing relationships and states of being of these alternate beings. This book may be useful as a case study but I find little to gain from it as a person seeking a broader perspective on how to move beyond the pain caused by such abuse.The book is too focused on the author's individual experiences.

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