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.
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About the Author
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