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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
End Notes 267
Posted June 8, 2009
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.
Posted June 1, 2009
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2009
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.