In The Emotionally Abused Woman, therapist Beverly Engel introduced the concept of emotional abuse, one of the most subtle, yet devastating forms of abuse within a relationship. Now Engel exposes the most destructive technique the abuser uses to break our spirit and gain control–and guides readers on how to free themselves from the shame that can keep them from the life (and the love) they deserve.
Emotionally abused people are gradually stripped of self-esteem, dignity, and humanity–making them feel unworthy and utterly powerless to escape. But they possess a potent tool with which to combat shame: self-compassion. In these pages, Engel shows how to access it. Using her highly effective Shame Reduction Program, she helps readers jumpstart the process of recovery by offering specific steps to help heal, regain self-confidence–and ultimately become empowered enough to leave–for good.
Praise for Escaping Emotional Abuse
“An extremely informative and comprehensive guide to understanding and overcoming emotional abuse. Beverly Engel gives you all the information you need to stop blaming yourself and get control of your life back.”
“I highly recommend this book for anyone—female or male—who suspects they are being emotionally abused. I especially appreciate the information on how emotional abuse can be shaming, which is dangerous to a person’s self-esteem and sense of self.”
“A warm, compassionate, and incredibly insightful guide through the recovery journey. Engel’s words are a powerful antidote to the seemingly unshakeable shame that comes from emotional abuse. There is hope, healing, and wisdom to be found on every page.”
“Written with love and expertise, Escaping Emotional Abuse is a comprehensive and compassionate guidebook for victims of abuse. It provides a roadmap to healing from the entanglement of shame and abuse that imprisons victims and binds them to perpetrators.”