In the bestselling tradition of The Emotionally Abused Woman "A good, solid treatment of an insidious but all-too-common type of relationship...Engel doesn't just describe she shows us the way out." Susan Forward, PhD, author of Emotional Blackmail Emotional abuse is a major epidemic in our culture. In this prescriptive book, Beverly Engel identifies the types of emotionally abusive behavior, providing strategies to help those who are being abused to confront their partners and begin making the necessary changes that will transform their relationships. She also shows emotionally abusive people how to stop abusing and offers help to couples who have slipped into a mutually unhealthy style of interacting.
Acknowledgments.Introduction.Part One: Identifying and Understanding Emotional Abuse.1. Emotional AbuseA--The Destroyer of Relationships.2. Patterns of Abuse.3. Not All Emotionally Abusive Relationships Are Alike.4. Patterns That Begin in Childhood: Why We Abuse and Why We Take It.Part Two: Stopping the Abuse.5. Action Steps for Those Being Abused.6. Action Steps for the Abusive Partner.7. Action Steps for the Abusive Couple.8. When Your Partner Has a Personality Disorder.9. When Your Abusiveness Stems from Your Personality Disorder.Part Three: Where Do You Go from Here?10. Should You Stay or Should You Leave?11. Preventing Emotional Abuse in the Future.12. Continuing to Recover.Epilogue.References.Further Reading.Websites and Chat Rooms.Index.