Emotional abuse is a hidden secret that knows no economic, religious or gender boundaries. The cycle of emotional abuse often begins in childhood within the confines of the family, leaving an individual vulnerable and entrapping him or her in future dysfunctional relationships in adulthood with friends, co-workers and lovers. SaraKay Smullens likens this emotional abuse dynamic to a never-ending, unbroken cycle. Like a highly contagious disease, it can spread among family members and friends, poison work and love relationships and infect the next generation. In this supportive and inspiring book, Smullens offers an eye-opening perspective on what emotional abuse is, why it happens and how to deal with it. Most significantly, she shows how to recognize this profoundly wounding and destructive cycle. By candidly revealing her own story of emotional abuse and those of her patients, Smullens offers invaluable insights. Combined with practical tools like exercises, quizzes and checklists, readers will learn to move forward emotionally, breaking the cycle of emotional abuse and experiencing healing.
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