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Secret Survivors: Uncovering Incest and Its Aftereffects in Women [Hardcover]

E. Sue Blume
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February 1990
Blume offers new hope to the thousands of people who, each year, seek counseling for incest-related disorders or for other unexplained problemsthat can be caused by "hidden" incest.

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Addressed to victims of incest--here defined to include sexual abuse by friends or caregivers--this is a realistic and sensitive study. New York psychotherapist Blume speaks to victims who have blocked childhood memories of abuse, and sets out to help them cope with "Post-Incest Syndrome," which encompasses depression, guilt, substance addiction and sexual dysfunction. Survivors will also benefit from the author's perceptive advice on rebuilding self-esteem as a preparation for resuming friendships and sexual relations.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A therapist who works with incest victims, Blume offers help, advice, and support while exploring in depth the devastation wrought by this crime. She expands the definition of incest to include sexual abuse perpetrated by any caregiver (including teachers, relatives, or neighbors). Her book is written for those who know that they have been abused as well as those who have blocked such abuse from their memories. The "Incest Survivor Aftereffects Checklist" describes the many ways incest affects its victims. Using the concepts delineated in the checklist Blume explores how victims protect themselves against awareness that cannot be faced through aftereffects such as dreams, addictions, and interpersonal issues. She then offers numerous specific suggestions for recovery, including descriptions and evaluations of therapeutic interventions in the final chapter.
- Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars From Helpless to Hopeful May 3 2004
By Javanne
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book specifically addresses the aftereffects of incest on the victim. I was molested from ages 8 to 16 by my father. I went on with my life for 30 years without telling anyone until my daughter became a teenager. Now I am in recovery and acknowledging the severe impact incest had on my life. I read other books, but this one opened my eyes to the reality of what drove my choices for so many years. I found myself frantically underlining and marking the book as thought after thought captured my experiences. I bought copies for family members to help them understand what happened and how insidious such a secret is when it remains hidden. If you want a book to help sort out all your feelings and provide understanding of where to go....THIS IS IT! It changed my feelings of helplessness to hopefulness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the best book on this topic Dec 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is amazing. While I was afraid at first that a "checklist" of common after effects of incest might oversimplify the issues, I found instead that it was actually incredibly helpful in feeling less alone. Trust me, if you are a survivor of incest, you will see many things on this checklist that you identify with, even if you had never previously thought of them as after effects.I think this book would also be incredibly helpful for anyone who is trying to understand how a survivor feels and reacts to things. I have read nearly every book available for survivors and I can easily say this is the best one I've read. This is the only book I've found that I feel offers a complete description of the issues, and is the first book I give to any friends, partners, etc. that want to really understand. While I agree with the other reviewers that this book is very intense and might be too overwhelming as a survivor's first introduction to these issues, I highly recommend it as a resource for those who are ready for a more comprehensive read. Most of the other books I've bought are packed away and gathering dust - they had a few helpful parts but overall were just so-so. This one stays at the top of my bookshelf because it's always helpful at any stage of healing. I find an incredibly helfpul new insight every time I read it...what more could you want?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't someone give me this book years ago? Aug. 25 2002
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I am a no nonsense person, as I believe most survivors turn out to be. Secret Survivors is a no nonsense book - to the point. This is not for the squeamish. Also, I don't believe this is the first book a survivor should read. I think it's better to walk in gently, even if you are in therapy. Books like "The Courage To Heal" are good for anyone no matter what the depth of the abuse may have been. Secret Survivors gets to the heart of every issue. You will see yourself, feel yourself, watch yourself, cry for yourself and finally relax knowing you're not crazy, this did happen, and you can have a life after your insanity. The journey through this book is magnificent. I have just recommended it to a therapist who is starting a practice to work with abuse victims. It would have been worth many more dollars to me just based on the questions and answers it provided. YOU ARE WORTH THE TIME IT TAKES TO READ THIS BOOK, but don't be surprised if you are a bit withdrawn as you make your way through it. It takes your breath away!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Totally Accurate May 2 2004
By Lynzee
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although this book is helpful and accurate on many levels, there are a few areas where the book is inaccurate. It states that alters form and die and new alters form. This is not accurate. Each alter is part of the personality and they do not die. They may go further back into the recesses of the mind but each alter is vital for healing and living. Each alter has part of a life - there is only one body but the psyche is broken in pieces. When healing takes place, each alters talents and abilities is vital to co-consciousness or integration. The other inaccuracy is the use of the term MPD. At the time of this book's publication the DSM IV was out and MPD was renamed Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This "disorder" is a coping mechanism and not a personality disorder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great first book to read Jan. 22 2004
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I have been looking for this exact type of book for many, many years. Other books (which I bet I have read most of them)just did not really help me like this one. Secret Survivors explains every tiny aspect of how YOU were effected by this type of abuse. I could not believe that after so many years that I found this one. I can not stress enough to those of you who have been abused as a child by a close family member, how much this book has helped ME to understand ME. This is a perfect first book to read to help in the healing process of recovering from this type of abuse. One important fact while reading this book, I realized just how awful the abuse was (reality) - This was my breaking point of recovery. Thanks Sue Blume
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it once. Then read it again. July 28 2000
Read this book. If you are a survivor, or the partner or non-offending parent of a survivor, a sibling or a friend, this book provides powerful insight that can only enhance the healing process. I have now read it twice, and only got more out of it the second time. I did so much reading when I was first in recovery, 12 years ago, that I forgot where I learned what. I now know that the roots of my healing and the basis for the healthy, fulfilling relationships I have today can be attributed, primarily, to the truly valuable, readable and useful information in Secret Survivors. Read it once. Then read it again. You will not be sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Secret knowledge, shared
This book came along at the right time for me. I was at last starting to explore my personal history of childhood sexual abuse, and needed somewhere to look for guidance. Read more
Published on April 21 2009 by Dorothyanne Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves the attention it's getting
One is always a little hesitant with books on topcis such as this. Will the author handle the material in such a way as to get the point across without being offensive or... Read more
Published on July 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
I have read two books that has helped me to begin healing in a way I never thought was possible. Under the shame of child incest, I hid it in many ways even from myself. Read more
Published on June 30 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation of a difficult topic.
Secret Survivors is an extraordinarily compassionate and insightful book covering everything from impact on survivors and family dynamics to what is required for healing from... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2003 by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
The author shows an incredible amount of understanding on this topic. I have read this book several times and with each reading I find more insight into my own life. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate and empowering
This amazing book is both compassionate and empowering. And it's stood the test of time. It's as helpful today as it was in 1990 when I first read this book.
Published on Sept. 18 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, comprehensive description of the survivor
I recommend this book very highly. It has really helped me to accept and personally verify my own past and painful experiences. Read more
Published on June 6 1999 by brunnhilde2000@hotmail.com
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