Published Date: October 24, 2017
By: Carol-Ann Marshall
About the Book:
When we mention the word “abuse,” we automatically think of sexual and physical abuse because that is the most obvious form. We often don’t consider that emotional abuse can be just as harmful to a woman’s sense of well-being.
Many of us have heard the saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That is an outrageous lie! Rudyard Kipling said, “Words are the most powerful drug known to humanity.” How true that is, and abusers use them as extremely effective weapons in their arsenal. Hurtful and demeaning words sear themselves into an abused woman’s brain, into her subconscious, and effectively reorganizes and damages her thought processes.
Until you recognize the signs of abuse and make the difficult decision to leave the relationship behind, or at least begin to contemplate the possibility, you can’t move forward toward a new life.
Take the time to examine your intimate relationship and determine whether or not, somewhere deep inside, something needs to change and give yourself permission to use the information you find in this book as a guide to help you break the cycle of abuse and reclaim your life. Use the personal 12-step program as a tool to help you to heal and grow as you become the new you.
Let this book be your inspiration to make a significant, perhaps long overdue, change in your life. What a wonderful opportunity you have to start from the beginning again!
Carol-Ann Marshall has determined that the current popular definition of abuse needs to be broadened to include emotional abuse. Having personally experienced the devastating effects of emotionally abusive relationships, she is using her experiences to encourage other women to examine their own lives and choose a new direction. She lives in Toronto, Canada.