Invisible Scars: How to Stop, Change or End Psychological Abuse

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During these harrowing times of social and economic turbulence, romantic relationships are often prone to issues of control and power plays between two partners. Perhaps one makes more money than the other, feels as though he or she does more around the house in terms of chores and duties or carries the emotional load of the relationship more than his or her partner. Otherwise resolvable problems such as these can be, in many cases, catalysts for a form of abuse that might not leave the victim with any visible ...
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Invisible Scars: How to Stop, Change or End Psychological Abuse

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Overview

During these harrowing times of social and economic turbulence, romantic relationships are often prone to issues of control and power plays between two partners. Perhaps one makes more money than the other, feels as though he or she does more around the house in terms of chores and duties or carries the emotional load of the relationship more than his or her partner. Otherwise resolvable problems such as these can be, in many cases, catalysts for a form of abuse that might not leave the victim with any visible cuts and bruises but is damaging and hurtful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882823089
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Part I What's Psychological Abuse All About? 5

Chapter 1 Why Psychological Abuse is Heartbreaking 7

Chapter 2 Power and Control Issues 23

Chapter 3 Why Psychological Abuse Occurs 37

Part II Why We Stay 55

Chapter 4 Needy Relationships 57

Chapter 5 Fear 63

Chapter 6 Who Am I? 71

Chapter 7 Hope Springs 85

Chapter 8 He's Their Daddy/She's Their Mommy 91

Chapter 9 Religion, Marital Peace and Discord 101

Chapter 10 Money, Money, Money 113

Chapter 11 Secrets and Shame, Pride and Guilt 121

Chapter 12 Bad Boys and Girls 127

Chapter 13 Standing By Your Man 141

Chapter 14 Family Traditions 147

Chapter 15 But I Love My Partner 157

Part III Why We Leave 167

Chapter 16 The Last Straw 169

Chapter 17 Final Temptation 173

Chapter 18 Lost the Love 181

Chapter 19 Protecting Kids and Pets 189

Chapter 20 Psychological Torture 195

Chapter 21 Survival and Recovery 199

Part IV How Do I Decide? 207

Chapter 22 You've Been Hurt 209

Chapter 23 Hurting the One You Love 227

Chapter 24 It Takes Two 247

Acknowledgments 265

End Notes 267

Bibliography 269

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    What a great read!

    There are SO many self-help books clamoring for our attention, it's dizzying to try and pick the right one, the one that that will fix me, fix THE PROBLEM. As I read, I see many familiar life events staring back at me. I also see a lot of my own recovery from the "scars" I've experienced.

    The author tells it like it is. This is real stuff, this is life. She also offers hope, shares how we can work on setting ourselves free from the shackles of abuse and pain.

    This is an outstanding book for everyone. Once you read it, you'll want to share it with someone for whom you care deeply.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

    A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!!!

    Insvisible Scars is a must read for woman and men of all walks of life. This book addresses issues concerning physcial and pyschological abuse. It gives credible reasons not only for why the abuse occurs, but why the abuse is tolerated. Invisible Scars takes you through real life - everyday examples and scenarios. It is well written and it is layed out so that the everyday individual can follow. This book came highly recommended and upon reading, I was amazed at how several of my own personal actions and words, within my "perfect relationship" could become damaging overtime. This book is an incredible realization for the abuser, the abused and those who are in any type of relationship at all. Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, husbands and wives, friendships, employer - employee, etc. This is a must read for all individuals who interact with others, and especially those who are in extreme psychological situations. The words of Ms. Catharine Dowda are moving and real. Insvisible Scars is guarnteed to change lives!

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

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    I highly recommend this book as a great resource for both victims and abusers of psychological abuse.

    I have read many books on the subject of domestic abuse were psychological abuse is mentioned but never the focus. Invisible Scars is very well written, addresses the signs and issues of psychological abuse plus treatment options available for both victims and abusers.

    The book examines why so many of us just don't realize we are being abused or the reasons why we continue to stay in an abuse relationship. It also offers suggestions on how to end or bring about positive changes to our relationships.

    I also recommend this book to parents of pre-teen or teenager children. Teaching our children not to except abuse in any form may prevent them from becoming a potential victim of domestic abuse.

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