Identifying and Breaking the Cycle

Identifying and Breaking the Cycle

by Dr. Saniyyah Mayo
Identifying and Breaking the Cycle

Identifying and Breaking the Cycle

by Dr. Saniyyah Mayo


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Our friendships, family ties, and romantic connections give meaning and joy to our lives. But such relationships often assume negative patterns of behavior that can induce long-term harm. In the worst cases, these patterns develop into recurring, cycles that stretch over lifetimes and even spill out into the next generation, where they are repeated again. Breaking the Cycle gives hope to individuals and families affected by such patterns. Drawing on a wealth of personal experience and academic expertise, Saniyyah Mayo offers victims a way out: first by empowering them to recognize the cycles where they occur, and then by offering them concrete tools to address the root of the problem. Using detailed case studies to exemplify how such cycles are born and how they can seriously impact those around us (even when we overlook the signs of trouble), Mayo gives lucid, point-by-point instruction on how and when to create “boundaries” as a defense against cyclical problems. Mayo leaves no stone unturned in her exhaustive study of such cycles. Her book addresses divorce, blended families, dating dynamics, the interaction between newly married spouses and parents (as well as children from previous marriages), platonic friendships, and religion. Life can be difficult, especially when one’s psychological problems are so deeply rooted as to seem invisible, but Breaking the Cycle offers a valuable resource to anyone in need of a helping hand, or to those who can benefit from being made aware of destructive behavior before it gets out of hand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989158091
Publisher: Saniyyah Mayo
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Dr. Saniyyah Mayo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Keynote Speaker, Author, and Screenwriter. Dr. Mayo's strong interest in the social sciences led her to pursue a B.A. in Criminal Justice, in the hopes of working with at-risk youth. She took up an active role in her church's youth ministry. These opportunities exposed her to the complexities of family life and the impact that repeated cycles of behavior can have on an individual's psyche, even if they don't realize it.
Recognizing the importance of the family unit as both a cause of as well as potential solution for a range of recurring social and psychological problems, Dr. Mayo expanded her expertise by beginning graduate study in Clinical Psychology (with a focus on marriage and family therapy) at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA, for which she received a Master's degree. This further empowered Dr. Mayo to make a difference in the lives of people.

She challenges individuals to think about their behavior and change it through her powerful speaking tactics, books, movies, and therapy sessions. One of her many passions are empowering women and young girls to love and embrace themselves. Dr. Mayo kicked off a Girl's Gossip and Women Network campaign in the spring of 2016 that touched young girls and women around the U.S. She got the hosting bug and started an online talk show titled "Talk with Saniyyah" Dr. Mayo put that project aside for a while to pursue her talent in screenwriting. She anticipates putting her screenplays on the big screen in the near future.

She is currently facilitating workshops that focus on individuals finding their passion so that they may pursue their purpose. A recent accolade that was added to her list of accomplishments is CEO and Founder of Girls Gossip and Women Network LLC. Dr. Mayo created a curriculum for middle and high school girls where she teaches self-love and mental health within the school districts. She teaches and encourages others to identify and break generational cycles as she continues to set an example by applying it within her personal life. Dr. Mayo is talented in many areas and inspires many with her gift of provoking thought to ultimately change the behaviors of people.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1: The Rejected Child 1

Chapter 2: The Woe is “I” Friend 13

Chapter 3: The Favorite 23

Chapter 4: Unspoken Truths 31

Chapter 5: Married into Chaos 43

Chapter 6: Bound to Poverty 54

Chapter 7: Words 61

Chapter 8: The Toxic Tongue 62

Chapter 9: Going in Eyes Wide Open 70

Chapter 10: Being Different 77

Chapter 11: The Helper 86

Chapter 12: Fear is Not an Option 93

Chapter 13: Church or God 101

Chapter 14: Strong Family Ties 108

Chapter 15: Cycles 116

Chapter 16: On the Outside Looking in 119

Conclusion: 129

Bio: 130

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