When Your Lover Is a Liar: Healing the Wounds of Deception and Betrayal

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In this powerful and vitally important new audio, internationally acclaimed therapist and bestselling author Susan Forward, Ph.D. provides invaluable advice for women whose men betray their confidence and trust with lies.

Featuring a wealth of true-life stories from women who have survived and thrived despite deceptive relationships, When Your Lover Is a Liar tells you how to maneuver through the labyrinth of lying in love relationships. Based on her many years of practice and ...

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Overview

In this powerful and vitally important new audio, internationally acclaimed therapist and bestselling author Susan Forward, Ph.D. provides invaluable advice for women whose men betray their confidence and trust with lies.

Featuring a wealth of true-life stories from women who have survived and thrived despite deceptive relationships, When Your Lover Is a Liar tells you how to maneuver through the labyrinth of lying in love relationships. Based on her many years of practice and her extensive knowledge, Forward describes the wide variety of liars, tells how to deal with the lies - from the benign to the lethal—that these men spin, and gives you practical strategies to stop them before they ruin your relationship and your life.

Once you find out the truth about your lover and his lies, what do you do? Forward offers practical, proven step-by-step methods for healing the wounds caused by his deception and betrayal. She provides all the communication and behavioral techniques you need to deal with a lover's lies. With understanding and compassion, she helps you decide whether your relationship can be saved and shows you how to move beyond doubt and regret if it can't. Susan Forward shows you the path to rebuilding your confidence and self-respect as well as the rebirth of trust, both in yourself and in your partner.

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Has the man in your life betrayed your confidence and trust? If yes, this powerful new audio will provide invaluable advice. Forward (Betrayal of Innocence, Audio Reviews, LJ 5/15/92), an internationally acclaimed therapist with over 20 years in private practice, shows how to maneuver through the tangled web of lying in love relationships. She profiles the wide variety of liars, tells how to deal with the lies, and helps develop practical strategies to stop them before they destroy your relationship and your life. The author offers proven step-by-step methods for healing the wounds caused by deception and betrayal and also lights the path to rebuilding confidence and self-respect in both you and your partner. Recommended.--Marty D. Evensvold, Magnolia P.L., TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694521111
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 7.03 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Forward, Ph.D., is an internationally acclaimed therapist, lecturer, and author. Her books — which include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them and Toxic Parents, as well as Emotional Blackmail, Obsessive Love, Betrayal of Innocence, and Money Demons — have been translated into more than fifteen languages. In addition to more than twenty years in private practice, she has served as a group therapist, instructor, and consultant in many Southern California medical and psychiatric facilities. She is much sought after as a guest in the media, and she hosted a daily national call-in radio program on ABC talk radio for six years.

Susan Forward, Ph.D., is an internationally acclaimed therapist, lecturer, and author. Her books — which include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them and Toxic Parents, as well as Emotional Blackmail, Obsessive Love, Betrayal of Innocence, and Money Demons — have been translated into more than fifteen languages. In addition to more than twenty years in private practice, she has served as a group therapist, instructor, and consultant in many Southern California medical and psychiatric facilities. She is much sought after as a guest in the media, and she hosted a daily national call-in radio program on ABC talk radio for six years.

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1 The Labyrinth of Lying

¥     You answer the phone to hear a woman on the other end say, "Is this Betty? I thought it was time you knew that your husband and I have been seeing each other for the past two years. He doesn't love you. Why don't you just let him go?"

¥     You get a notice from the bank that a check you wrote has bounced. You indignantly call the bank, certain that you have eight or ten times that amount in the account you share with your husband. You're told you're overdrawn, and you know you didn't spend all the money.

¥     Your live-in lover swears he's stopped drinking and has been attending AA meetings regularly, and then you find a bottle of Scotch hidden in his tool chest. Suddenly you've got vertigo. The world you thought you knew is spinning. Your mind races: Who is this person I thought I could trust? How many other lies have there been? You've been socked in the stomach. You don't know if you have a future with this man, and you wonder if you can believe anything he said in the past. All you know for certain is this: Your lover is a liar.

At this agonizing, bewildering time, finding a rational response is crucial, an important relationship hangs in the balance, and so does your own well-being. Yet no matter how alert we may be, most of us have no idea what steps to take when we encounter lies on this most intimate ground. Most of us don't have a clue about how to confront and counter the poison of a lover's lie. Faced with the disorientation of deception and betrayal, we tend to bounce between two extremes: we may deny and rationalize away our partner's behavior, or become so enraged we can't think. People who care about us may be yelling "Dump him!", and we turn ballistic, losing our perspective in a fit of anger. Neither path brings us peace or lasting satisfaction.

All too often our lovers' lies leave us paralyzed. We find ourselves unable to make even the simplest decisions with our partners, because trust has disappeared, and we don't know when or if they are telling us the truth. We don't know what's real anymore, and we suffer terribly. A relationship with a liar can destroy our self-respect and our ability to trust our own perceptions and judgments. In the worst instances, an otherwise loving woman can become bitter, guarded, and walled-off, afraid to open her heart for fear of being betrayed again.

A friend of mine recently summed up the dilemma many a woman has faced: "I trusted my boyfriend more than I've ever trusted anyone," she told me, "and then I found out he was still sleeping with an old girlfriend while he was telling me he loved me. I'm afraid I can never trust another man again."

Lying by a lover is frequently one of the most destructive forces in a woman's life. But it doesn't have to be.

There is a way through the labyrinth of lying in love relationships, and I'd like to give you a map to this subterranean world within a world. In the pages that follow, I will deal with the full range of lies, from the benign to the lethal, and introduce you to the many varieties of liars, from those who'd never admit what they're doing to the chronic confessors who encourage us to forgive and forget. I'll also give you a detailed profile of the one kind of liar you must leave immediately.

I will show you some of the forces that drive men to lie, how they behave, and how to stop them early on. In the second half of this book, I will give you specific communication skills and behavioral strategies that will go a long way toward helping you reground a relationship in honesty or, when that is not possible, decide when to leave a partner who lies. Whatever your situation, I will help you identify your best course of action, and I will support you through the process of bringing truth, self-trust, and intimacy back into your life.

A Diagram of Deception

The words lie and liar are ugly. It's heartbreaking to have to use them to describe someone you love or are interested in, because they're loaded with pain and anger. They put you face-to-face with betrayal and malevolence when what you thought you had was intimacy. The words themselves are so inflammatory that it's important not to use them casually.

Certainly not every man is a liar, not every liar is a man, and not every thoughtless act is a lie. But in this book I'm focusing specifically on men who lie to women because I've seen how resistant women tend to be to acknowledging that the men they love lie to them. Women suffer uniquely when lies pop up in a relationship because, as we'll see, when a man lies to a woman, both of them blame her. When I use the word liar, I'm not talking about men who mislead us inadvertently (because of oversights or misunderstandings) or with optimistic but unrealistic promises (like "I'll meet you at six" when they're not sure they can even get off work before seven).

And I'm not talking about the harmless little white lies that we all tell or shading the truth to protect a person from something painful. Most of us use flattery and exaggeration in our day-to-day interactions, and life could be pretty cruel if we didn't. The whole truth and nothing but the truth is fine in the courtroom, but we all try to soften otherwise harsh realities. We meet a friend we haven't seen in a few years and diplomatically say, "You look great, you haven't changed a bit," even as we're thinking, "God, you've got jowls just like your mother's, and the same bad taste in clothes." Do our words convey the whole truth? Of course not. But is a lie like this worth worrying about? I don't think so.

The lies that harm us and our relationships all involve an intent to deceive. A lie is deliberate and conscious behavior that either misrepresents important facts or conceals and withholds them in order to keep you from knowing the truth about certain facets of your partner's past, present, and, often, future. Where Lying Thrives

When we hear words like deception and betrayal, we usually think of infidelity. And certainly every woman dreads finding out that her lover is cheating on her and is sexually involved with another woman. Discovering this kind of lie hits us where we are the most vulnerable. It attacks our very core and threatens our sense of safety and desirability. It both enrages and terrifies us, and it causes horrendous pain. Even in cases where the man insists that his action "didn't mean anything," an affair changes the relationship forever, and in some cases may end it.

But difficult as it may be for you to believe, other varieties of lies can equal or exceed affairs in the amount of havoc they wreak in your life. Lies are like dandelion seeds, they take root everywhere and flourish dangerously in every part of our lives. Throughout this book, you will get to know women whose lovers lie about money, addiction, commitment, availability, important events from their pasts, and the future. Often we dismiss these lies as inconsequential or even breathe a sigh of relief because "at least he's not having an affair." But as the women you will meet have discovered, a significant lie directed toward any aspect of your life can have a profound impact on your well-being.

The Two Faces of Lying

Lies can be in what is said or in what is never mentioned. It's helpful to think of these two basic categories as lies of commission and lies of omission. Lies of commission are blatant misstatements of fact about a man's life, behavior, and history, and they sound like this:

¥     "I am not having an affair" (when he is).
¥     "I made the house payment a week ago, the check must have gotten lost in the mail" (when he hasn't mailed it).
¥     "I've been divorced for a year" (when he's still married).
¥     "I used to have a little problem with alcohol, but I've gotten over it" (when he's still drinking heavily).
¥     "I'm not seeing any other women" (when he is).
¥     "I'll never hit you again" (when he will). It's Just Platonic

My client Lee was deeply hurt by a lie of commission early in a relationship that she had high hopes for. Lee is thirty-nine and divorced, and she works as an assistant manager in a men's clothing store in Los Angeles. She's originally from Central America and her lilting speech has a slight trace of an accent. Lee was flattered and intrigued when one of her steady customers, Barry, an attractive attorney in his late twenties, began flirting with her and then asked her out to dinner.

I told him right off the bat that I was older than him, and he said he'd always been with women in their thirties and forties because he found women his own age too immature and unsophisticated. Well, that was pretty reassuring. We started seeing each other, sometimes as much as two or three times a week. One night I was running late and I wanted to let him know, and I realized I didn't have his home phone, all I had was his pager number. When I asked him about it, he said that he had some roommates and that he didn't always get to answer his phone and he had some phone problems, and I should just use his pager number, something like that. It seemed a little too fishy to me and I said something, so he finally gave me his home phone.

Barry's runaround should have tipped Lee off. When you find that a new lover is ambiguous or evasive about such basics as where he lives, whom he lives with, whether he's married, and what his home phone number is, pay attention. This is vitally important behavioral information. If you ignore or overlook it, you may be in for some unpleasant shocks.

One night I called Barry to invite him to a party, and a girl answered. I hung up immediately. I felt really confused, and I asked him about it. He said yes, he lived with a girl, but she was just his roommate and that they'd been living together for three years. She was from another country, Guatemala, I think, and he was helping her out, but it was totally platonic. So I accepted that, and we kept seeing each other, and I'm getting more and more involved with him. He's pursuing me very hot and heavy and saying "I love you and I think we have a future together." But he never stayed the night. He would always have an excuse like "I have to get up really early in the morning, I have a lot of work to do." So I asked him why he couldn't stay over and he got real quiet and nervous, and then he told me that he couldn't do that to this girl. And I said, "What girl?" And he said, "Well, the girl I'm living with." So I asked him if they were a couple and he stammered a little bit, and finally he said yes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2004

    VERY INFORMATIVE and EMPOWERING for those that have been betrayed!!!

    Excellent read for anyone that is involved with someone that has anykind of -ism or -olic. I read this shortly after finding out my husband had been lying to me for more than 2 yrs. I felt so hurt and betrayed...I read two other books pertaining to betrayal, but this one was not only informative, but very empowering. It helped me understand that I was not a dummy to fall for such lies and gave strong & practical advice on how to protect myself from further lies. This book is for ANYONE, male or female that has been betrayed. Susan Forward is excellent and I recommend all her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    Excellent resource for those who've been betrayed

    This is an excellent resource for women who have been betrayed by men who lie, whether it's about an affair or any other kind of habitual lying. Not only does it give real-life examples, it also gives you the tools to help you decide whether your relationship is worth keeping. As for the person who wrote that the book was sexist, please ignore that review. The author clearly states in the very first chapter that the book is written with women in mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2009

    This Book Saved My Life....

    Unbelievable book that will not only explain with real life situations that will more than likely be one's you can relate too, but it will describe emotions and thoughts that you may even be feeling to keep you from losing your mind. Absolutely amazing book! If you have ever been lied to before and betrayed by a sociopath such as I was you will understand the validity of this book! I am hopeful for my future and enlightened beyond measure. Kudos to Dr. Susan Forward for her remarkable wisdom and her willigness to share it with the world!!!

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Great Book

    I've read many many books on the subject. This is the one if you've truly been betrayed by a liar. Trust me. I've been lied to by the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    A Woman's Point of View

    Clearly, the two previous reviews were written by men who haven't even READ this book. The author herself states, 'Certainly not every man is a liar; not every liar is a man.' Read it for yourself and make up your own mind.

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