POWER: Surviving and Thriving After Narcissistic Abuse: A Collection of Essays on Malignant Narcissism and Recovery from Emotional Abuse

POWER: Surviving and Thriving After Narcissistic Abuse: A Collection of Essays on Malignant Narcissism and Recovery from Emotional Abuse


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Pathological mind games. Covert and overt put-downs. Triangulation. Gaslighting. Projection. These are the manipulative tactics survivors of malignant narcissists are unfortunately all too familiar with. As victims of silent crimes where the perpetrators are rarely held accountable, survivors of narcissistic abuse have lived in a war zone of epic proportions, enduring an abuse cycle of love-bombing and devaluation-psychological violence on steroids. From how to heal our addiction to the narcissist to how to recognize a covert narcissist, Shahida Arabi's articles on narcissistic abuse have gained renown as some of the most accurate and in-depth depictions of this terrifying trauma, resonating with millions of survivors all over the world and receiving endorsements from numerous mental health professionals. In this essay compilation, readers can enjoy some of her most popular articles as well as new thought pieces on narcissistic abuse: what therapists have to say about malignant narcissists and how children of narcissistic parents can become trapped in the trauma repetition cycle. Survivors are offered new insights on what it means to be both a survivor and a thriver of covert manipulation and trauma. POWER teaches us that it is important to not only understand the tactics of toxic personalities but also to recognize and combat the effects of narcissistic abuse; it guides the survivor to learning, growing, healing and most importantly of all-owning their agency to rebuild their lives and transform their powerlessness into victory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945796326
Publisher: Thought Catalog Books
Publication date: 01/11/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 27,619
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword-Therapist Andrea Schneider, LCSW, MSW xi

1 The Love Story of a Narcissist and His (or Her) Victim 1

2 5 Powerful Ways Abusive Narcissists Manipulate You 7

3 Psychological Terrorism: The Epidemic of Covert Abuse 19

4 20 Diversion Tactics Malignant Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths Use to Silence You 47

5 The Secret Language of Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths 69

6 The Pathological Envy of Abusers Reveals How Powerful Their Victims Are 77

7 The Man or Woman With Two Faces 85

8 The Myths About Narcissistic Abusers 95

9 What Do Therapists Have to Say About Narcissistic Abuse? 113

10 The Myth of Codependency and the Power of the Trauma Bond 125

11 6 Subtle Digs Covert Narcissists Use to Underhandedly Belittle You 131

12 Dating Emotional Predators and How to Learn the Red Flags Before Its Too Late 141

13 Are They a Narcissist Traumatized or Just Emotionally Unavailable? The Differences Between "Normal" Relationships And Abusive Ones 153

14 The Great Awakening-Tapping into Your Power 169

15 10 Reasons Why Being Raised by a Narcissistic Parent Can Get You Trapped in the Trauma Repetition Cycle 185

16 An Investment With No Return: 4 Ways Narcissists Financially Abuse You and Why You Should Split the Check 207

17 The Real Reason We Love Bad Boys (and Girls): How We Become Addicted to Toxic Narcissists and Emotionally Unavailable People 213

18 Why Abuse Survivors Stay: The Effects of Trauma on the Brain and The Psyche 227

19 Healing Your Addiction to the Narcissist: Breaking the Biochemical Bond 247

20 Self-Isolation After Narcissistic Abuse: Why It Happens and How to Heal 259

21 The Dynamic Duo: Empaths and Narcissists 271

22 Healing Invisible Battle Wounds: The Kaleidoscope of Healing 283

23 5 Effective Self-Care Tips for Abuse and Trauma Survivors 323

Additional Resources on Narcissistic Abuse 331

Acknowledgements 337

About the Author 339

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