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Do you find yourself attracted to people who are helpless, vulnerable, or damaged, or feel like you always end up taking care of your romantic partners? If you fall into this relationship pattern, you're likely a white knight-a person who tends to seek out partners who need rescuing. White knights hope to receive admiration, validation, or love from their partners, but ultimately end up cheating themselves out of emotionally healthy ...

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Overview

Do you find yourself attracted to people who are helpless, vulnerable, or damaged, or feel like you always end up taking care of your romantic partners? If you fall into this relationship pattern, you're likely a white knight-a person who tends to seek out partners who need rescuing. White knights hope to receive admiration, validation, or love from their partners, but ultimately end up cheating themselves out of emotionally healthy relationships.

Ready to come to your own rescue? The White Knight Syndrome will help you:

  • Discover why you attract or seek out needy or damaged partners
  • Find out what type of white knight you are
  • Recognize the unhealthy ways you try to meet your partner's needs while ignoring your own
  • Channel your energies into building balanced, healthy relationships

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Lamia and Krieger have hit the nail on the head by identifying a major problem in contemporary relationships-the compulsive need to rescue. Their book, The White Knight Syndrome, clearly articulates the dynamics of this all-too-common pattern. This book is an outstanding resource and a must-read for every compulsive rescuer, as well as for mental health students and professionals.
-Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D., past president of the American Psychological Association and professor of psychology at Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Akron in Akron, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572246249
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary C. Lamia, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Marin County, CA. She is also a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.

Marilyn J. Krieger, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Marin County, CA.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

    Rescue 911

    The White Knight Syndrome gave me some new insights into a number of relationships around me. The first half of the book has so much great information per square inch that it took me a while to get through it. All the while I was learning tons about myself and others.

    This is practical, well written, and thoughtful. Rescuing behavior isn't a new topic, but the authors breath new life into it, providing new ways to consider long and short term interactions. The second half of the book presents case histories which illuminate how being a white knight can affect so many of our varied relationships. If you have any questions about rescuing behavior, this book is a great resource. I admit it. I'm feeling a little rescued.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Well done!

    In an accessible, straightforward fashion the authors patiently explain what it means to be a "white knight", helping to identify this syndrome in ourselves or friends and loved-ones in our lives. A very insightful, informative book.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Sophisticated, practical, and helpful

    The authors of The White Knight Syndrome describe the very common relationship problem of seeking out partners who need rescuing, while ignoring one's own needs. Using theory and composite case examples, they show how this pattern develops as an adaptation to early experiences. They encourage thoughtful consideration of the problem and solutions rather than pathologize those with the pattern. The White Knight Syndrome is both sophisticated, benefiting from the vast knowledge and experience of its authors, and eminently practical and helpful to non-clinicians and clinicians alike - a true accomplishment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    I loved this book!

    Very readable, and easy to understand how the White Knight Syndrome applies to you personally. The authors did a great job!

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