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Wounded Boys Heroic Men: A Man's Guide to Recovering from Child Abuse [Paperback]

Daniel Jay Sonkin
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June 1 1998
Wounded Boys Heroic Men is a workbook for transformation. Specifically written for and about men. This is the first book to address their issues of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. Dr. Daniel Sonkin carefully prepares a road map for the recovery process, including insightful stories of real survivors, as well as direction and reassurance.

More important, this unique book provides hope, relief, and comfort for millions of victims too proud to explore their suffering. Carefully analyzing the feelings, attitudes, and behaviors of abused men. Dr. Sonkin teaches methods that break the vicious cycle of violence, make peace with the abuser, and in return find peace within.

Comprehensive and enlightening, Wounded Boys Heroic Men is also a guide to help partners, friends, and family members better understand the struggles these men face, so that they can support the healing journey. Dr. Sonkin's message is simple: With help, healing is possible.

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Daniel Jay Sonkin, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in a group practice in Sausalito, California. Considered one of the world's foremost experts on treatment of male batterers, Dr. Sonkin was one of the early investigators and specialists in the field of family violence. He is the co-author of the first book written for batterers, Learning to Live Without Violence.

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5.0 out of 5 stars best self help book ever Sept. 5 2001
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This is a great book. I have found most self help books, and most psychologists, lacking empathy for victims of abuse. I have made many unsuccessful attempts in the past to work through my problems but never made any real progress. Dr. Sonkin breaks the process down into four steps- experiences, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors- which have made it possible for me to understand how to work through it all. And the great empathy he expresses was what allowed me to get beyond the usual andger and alienation I feel toward therapists, who tend to be judgemental and condescending. I went through and did all the exercises and wrote everything down- in particular writing down all the feelings lifted a great burden from me.
If you are suffering from the effects of abuse, find a good therapist and get this book. Life will look a lot better.
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I have found this book to be a valuable resource for men dealing with childhood abuse issues. As a survivor, I found most of the literature on abuse to be directed toward women. Sonkin directs this towards men and speaks to the issues men go through. Though not an easy read, I have had many of the issues described thoughtfully and caringly in a way that speaks to me. Many of the thoughts and feelings that I've experienced were laid out in the book, but solutions also offered. If you are just beginning your journey to healing or well along the process, this book can be helpful along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review of heroic men Oct. 25 2000
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This is a very insightful book into a subject that is greatly ignored. This book can help many men to overcome something that is usually hiden from public view and can help others understand what their men whom have suffered abuse go through.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Touchie Feelie Sham June 22 2004
By Mike
Typical California feel good self-help schlok. Blaming the victim for not getting in touch with his feelings earlier (and of course not paying someone like Sonkin to "help"). Generally muddled pablum.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with you're past April 14 2009
Wounded Boys Heroic Men: A Man's Guide to Recovering from Child AbuseThis book has help me,in many whales,and has been my second Bible in my life.It's like having you're own Therepist in you're home;This book will help you to understand,the pain,shame,and anger that you feel inside.It's time to deal and let go of you're past,then this book I strongly recommend.
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