Emotional Assault: Recognizing the Abusive Partner's Bag of Tricks Kindle Book #Review
|Emotional Assault: Recognizing the Abusive Partner's Bag of Tricks|
I did not actually get a copy of this book for review since the response for the author, Lisa Kroulik, was above what she expected. I did however read over a few reviews and do some searching on my own to be able to honestly share my thoughts on this book with everyone. I also am going to share what she has written about the book below.
When people hear of domestic violence and abuse, most don't think about emotionally abuse. Alot of people in abusive relationships are unaware or afraid. They don't realize what is going on, they don't know who they can talk to because they don't want to see crazy, they feel stuck. I think there are alot more out there that can relate to this book than care to admit. I really like the title because it is just what it says it is. It helps those understand what is being done to them. It starts to open the thought process about what emotional abuse is.
"When most people think of abuse, images of domestic violence come to mind. However, emotional abuse is a form of indirect violence that also deserves recognition. It is difficult to overcome because it is often impossible to identify. While domestic abuse is tragic, it is impossible to ignore the evidence of it.
The impact of emotional abuse, on the other hand, is often invisible. Since others don’t see any physical scars, they have no idea how much the victim is suffering. When the emotionally abused spouse speaks up, people are often dismissive of her pain. This leaves the victim in a constant state of confusion and self-blame.
In this book, author Lisa Kroulik identifies several common tactics that emotionally abusive people use to control their partners, such as giving the silent treatment or playing the victim. She uses examples from her relationship with her former husband to help readers name abusive tactics in their own relationships. After identifying a trait of emotionally abusive partners, the author goes on to offer suggestions on how to confront it. She makes it clear that calling an abuser out on his behavior may not make it stop and that each woman needs to decide for herself if her relationship is worth saving.
The second section of "Emotional Assault" helps the reader assess her current relationship and provides resources should she decide to end it. This book is hopeful and engaging while empowering emotionally abused women to change their lives. In February 2014, Lisa Kroulik added a third section detailing how she got out of her emotionally abusive first marriage.
A woman who makes the decision to leave her partner must still interact with him when they have children together, sometimes for many years. Those who are looking for additional support may want to check out Lisa Kroulik's book "Out of the Fog: Post-Divorce Coping Strategies When Your Children’s Father Has a Personality Disorder".
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