Abuse is a treacherous unnecessary evil. It is a hard thing to go through but can be an even harder thing to move on from after the fact. Here at Psych2Go we want to help anyone suffering from abuse move forward, so below are five books to help abuse survivors do exactly that.

Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

Written by counselor Lundy Bancroft, this book explores the thoughts of intentions of abusive men. It’s a very interesting read, that can help people recognize abusive behaviors and free themselves from abuse.

Power: Surviving & Thriving After Narcissistic Abuse

In this essay compilation, Shahida Arabi and other counselors talk about abuse of all kinds, familial dynamics in abusive households, and how to understand and survive abuse.

Living and Loving After Betrayal:

How to Heal from Emotional Abuse, Deceit, Infidelity, and Chronic Resentment

In this long-titled but well-crafted book, therapist and founder of the Compassion Power agency, Steven Stosny details strategies and coping mechanisms to heal from emotional abuse as well as a couple of other issues. He believes in using compassion as a healing tool to get through some of the least compassionate situations.

Psychopath Free & Whole Again

Jackson MacKenzie has earned two books on this list. Their first book Psychopath Free explained how to recognize, survive, and get out of an abusive situation. In Whole Again, Jackie explains what to do next. Both books are highly rated, and Jackie MacKenzie is regarded as one of the leading voices in emotional abuse recovery.

You can find these books by clicking on their title in the article. Emotional abuse is not an easy thing to heal from, but please know that you can get through it, and these books may just help.


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  1. The more information out there is a definite positive move forward and it’s always good to know its an actual reality not something you just suffer and are told is your own fault because your weak worthless etc. 40 yrs old and I was gullable and niave thinking it was only a characteristic of an actor on good horror movies! Be safe and know you are right to listen to your inner voice its there for a self preservation x

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