Invisible Scars : How to Stop, Change or End Psychological Abuse

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
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During these harrowing times of social and economic turbulence, romantic relationships are often prone to issues of control and power plays between two partners. Perhaps one makes more money than the other, feels as though he or she does more around the house in terms of chores and duties or carries the emotional load of the relationship more than his or her partner. Otherwise resolvable problems such as these can be, in many cases, catalysts for a form of abuse that might not leave the victim with any visible cuts and bruises but is damaging and hurtful.

Author Biography

Catharine Dowda, M.Ed., LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice for over thirty years and holds a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of North Carolina. A Victim Advocate/Law Enforcement Liaison as well as an instructor and frequent lecturer on domestic violence and victimization, she was the recipient of the United States Department of Justice "Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Dedication and Service on Behalf of Crime Victims" and selected "Outstanding Victim Advocate" by the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
What's Psychological Abuse All About?p. 5
Why Psychological Abuse is Heartbreakingp. 7
Power and Control Issuesp. 23
Why Psychological Abuse Occursp. 37
Why We Stayp. 55
Needy Relationshipsp. 57
Fearp. 63
Who Am I?p. 71
Hope Springsp. 85
He's Their Daddy/She's Their Mommyp. 91
Religion, Marital Peace and Discordp. 101
Money, Money, Moneyp. 113
Secrets and Shame, Pride and Guiltp. 121
Bad Boys and Girlsp. 127
Standing By Your Manp. 141
Family Traditionsp. 147
But I Love My Partnerp. 157
Why We Leavep. 167
The Last Strawp. 169
Final Temptationp. 173
Lost the Lovep. 181
Protecting Kids and Petsp. 189
Psychological Torturep. 195
Survival and Recoveryp. 199
How Do I Decide?p. 207
You've Been Hurtp. 209
Hurting the One You Lovep. 227
It Takes Twop. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 265
End Notesp. 267
Bibliographyp. 269
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