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5.0 out of 5 stars The book to read on abuse, 26 April 2008
This review is from: Stalking the Soul: Emotional Abuse and the Erosion of Identity (Paperback)
I have a particular interest in abuse of people having seen the consequences in so many of my patients. Ms Hirigoyen has produced a masterpiece here helping victims understand the abuse process. I agree with other reviewers that there is less emphasis on how to deal with these often appalling situations but I am afraid that is the point about the narcissus abuser who actually cannot be tamed or changed. It is the equivalent of trying to stop another eating or drinking. Abuse is the life blood of the abuser. Escape is the solution and the problem for sufferers that is the victim is that escape is very difficult and guilt and shame will pervade their lives unless they can get insight as given in this marvellous account. My only criticism would be the absence of reference to church/ministry or spiritual abuse which is an equally large field and perhaps even more damaging. There are few good books on this latter subject (see Ken Blue, Healing Spiritual Abuse)and I think Hirigoyen might have opened the door here for those so afflicted.
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