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Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse [Paperback]

Dr. Gregory L. Jantz , Ann McMurray
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Nov. 1 2003
There are no bruises to yellow and heal, no gaping wound to point to. But, in spite of their invisibility, emotional wounds are a very damaging form of abuse. Whether caused by words, actions, or even indifference, emotional abuse is very common-yet often overlooked. In this helpful guide, Christian therapist Gregory Jantz examines why emotional abuse is so common and damaging. He reveals how those who have been abused by a spouse, parent, employer, or minister can overcome the past and rebuild their self-image. This new expanded edition of Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse now includes: * strategies for dealing with the verbal abuser * self-check quizzes with each chapter * keys to rebuilding relationships * letters from survivors of emotional abuse * new information on spiritual abuse * a biblical plan for healing

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In this provocative book, Dr. Gregory Jantz examines the pervasive yet overlooked problem of emotional abuse-and why it is so common and damaging. Whether you or a loved one has been abused by words, actions, or even indifference, this book will help you understand the effects of the abuse, give you insight into the problems of the abuser, and show you how to overcome the past. In this revised edition, you'll find -strategies for dealing with a verbal abuser -self-check quizzes with each chapter -keys to rebuilding relationships -letters from survivors of emotional abuse -new information on spiritual abuse -a biblical plan for healing "No one is better equipped to speak to the causes and cures [of emotional abuse] than Gregory Jantz." -Bruce Larson, minister-at-large, Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California "If you are suffering from the pervasive pain of emotional abuse through words or actions, you have suffered long enough. This book offers a balm for the battered soul." -Les Parrot III, professor of clinical psychology, Seattle Pacific University "The scriptural and biblically oriented guidance found in this carefully crafted book will prove of inestimable value to all who accept-and adopt-its valid advice." -Ted Engstrom, former president, World Vision International Gregory Jantz, Ph.D., is founder and director of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources and the author of eleven books. He has a daily radio show in the Seattle area and conducts seminars on a wide variety of subjects.

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Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., is founder and director of the Center for Counseling and Health Resources in Edmonds, Washington, and the author of eleven books. He has a daily radio show in the Seattle area and conducts seminars on a variety of subjects.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding in this category! Sept. 24 2002
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I've been reading a lot of self-help books, but have rarely been so moved to recommend them to others. I found this one uncommonly wise, kind, and helpful and sensible--you come away
with a grounded, helped feeling...hopeful, too. I'm not crazy about the word "empowering," but this book is empowering, I think. If you're looking for help in this area, this book is worth reading. (I know Bill Blass used to say in those magazine perfume ads that he didn't like people (women) who thought they could be helped by self-help books--remember?--but I don't care! This is a truly good one!) If you are in pain and you suspect past emotional abuse might be a factor contributing to it, please check this book out. You might even be moved to pass it on to friends--I am already plotting to purchase additional copies!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healing the scars of emotional abuse July 1 2000
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This book is excellent. I put into words my feelings and helped organize the behaviors of an emotional abuser. I have read serval books on this topic and this one is well written and is easy to follow. It also doesnt always assume the abuser is a man which is seen in so many books of this type. Highly recommended and helpful to an abuser who is willing to honestly look at her or his life and the victims of emotional abuse as well.It also gives some suggestions on how to proceed in the healing process.
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Dr. Jantz is a genius when it comes to understanding emotional abuse and how it affects people. He explains why emotional abuse is so common and how these abuses occur. The book is both insightful and affirming, and provides helps for recognizing and healing emotional abuse. I must read!
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I finally decided to invest in a book about emotional abuse after realizing that issues from a past "bad relationship" just weren't going to go away on their own. With its comforting words and frequent anecdotes,"Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse" put many of my old experiences in perspective. I was able to see the "big picture" of how emotional abuse had permeated many aspects of my life, and I was finally able to acknowledge what a lasting effect it had on me. I was also surprised to see how many other people I recognized in the descriptions of emotional abusers and their techniques -- it was an eye-opener. If you have been the victim of emotional abuse (or aren't sure if you have been), you will find this book supportive, if you are an abuser you may find insight into why you abuse, and if you are just an interested reader you may be surprised by how this book changes your perspective on your co-workers, friends, and family. It really is fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, user-friendly guide to the subject Jan. 3 2002
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Emotional abuse is all-pervasive in our culture, making it difficult for one small volume to address all aspects thereof. Jantz, however, gives a good introduction and lots of encouragement to those in need. I wish someone had given this book to me when I was in Junior High.
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