Women Who Hurt Themselves: A Book of Hope and Understanding 10th Anniversary Edition

Women Who Hurt Themselves: A Book of Hope and Understanding 10th Anniversary Edition

by Dusty Miller
     
 

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Many books have described victims of rape and battering, but scant attention has been paid to another form of harm increasingly common among women. Here at last is a book that provides help for the thousands of women who secretly inflict violence on themselves. Filled with moving stories, this powerful and compassionate book is the first to focus on women who harm

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Many books have described victims of rape and battering, but scant attention has been paid to another form of harm increasingly common among women. Here at last is a book that provides help for the thousands of women who secretly inflict violence on themselves. Filled with moving stories, this powerful and compassionate book is the first to focus on women who harm themselves through self-mutilation, compulsive cosmetic surgeries, eating disorders, and other forms of chronic injury to the body.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Women traumatized in childhood hurt themselves more often than men do because men are socialized to act aggressively and fight back, notes psychologist Miller, who is director of Clinical Mentoring at Antioch/New England Graduate School. Here she addresses childhood trauma, to which the individual may react by dissociating, but such fragmentation of the personality becomes the basis of her failure to protect herself as an adult. While integrating various treatment approaches, Miller's program focuses on the ``triadic self,'' which she describes as the victim, abuser and nonprotecting bystander within. In the painful narratives culled from her private practice, Miller establishes that such self-destructive behavior as bulimia and cosmetic surgery ``tells the secret story of women's childhood experience over and over again.'' She describes the behavior of her clients as trauma reenactment syndrome (TRS), which, stresses Miller, explains why they are impervious to treatment in 12-step programs and conventional therapy, often being misdiagnosed and mistreated. The author presents evidence that TRS women can be helped to lasting recovery. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465045877
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
07/04/2005
Pages:
294
Sales rank:
568,014
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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