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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 listeners 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 this book, Engel shows how to access it. Using her highly effective Shame Reduction Program, she helps listeners jumpstart the process of recovery by offering specific steps to help heal, regain self-confidence – and ultimately become empowered enough to leave – for good.

An invaluable resource for both men and women who suffer from emotional abuse, as well as therapists and advocates, Escaping Emotional Abuse is a supportive, nurturing guide for anyone seeking to break the chains of shame, and gain the emotional freedom to create healthier, lasting relationships.

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.”

Lundy Bancroft, author of Why Does He Do That?

“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.”

Randi Kreger, co-author of Stop Walking on Eggshells and author of The Essential Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder

“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.”

Jackson MacKenzie, author of Psychopath Free

“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.”

Darlene Lancer, LMFT, author of Conquering Shame and Codependency