Today I am sharing my review for Learning How to Leave which has recently been released in the non fiction charts. This book is factual and discusses narcissistic and toxic behaviours and how to recognise character traits and behaviours.
I have really enjoyed reading this book as it covers a lot of definitions and provides a lot of information with regards to narcissism in a really clear and understandable format. I have always found human behaviours interesting and this has further increased this fascination as we learn from both the authors personal experiences and through case studies he has provided to help it be relatable throughout. Written with both the abuser and the abusee in mind as it gives tips of behaviour to recognise in dependents and codependants along with recommendations to help offer the abused the feeling of empowerment to hopefully find the confidence to create the space to escape the abuser and take control back of their own life.
I liked the variation of examples provided as we are walked through films that display the narcassistic behaviour as well as naming the most dangerous narcassists of the last century. Chapter 10 focuses on domestic abuse and the many manifestations this can present in as the narcassist manipulates you to believe you are in the wrong and causing massive strain within the relationship as you doubt everything that you do and say and lose your own identity and the relationships of family and friends who would normally help support and ground you within every day life. As we near the end we read about the unhooking process and the six stages of change and how life is still affected even after you have found the strength to break free.
A highly recommended read both for those who are trapped in relationships with a narcassist as well as those who are interested in personalities and how they manifest. A book brimming with information, examples and other recommended reading material for each chapter.
This popular book is dedicated to freeing those stuck within toxic relationships. Compassionately grounded in science and embedded in the author’s 30 years plus of clinical experience, this is nevertheless an easy and powerful read.
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Meet the Author
Michael Padraig Acton is a psychological therapist, counsellor, systemic life coach and author with 25 years’ clinical experience. Working in the UK and US, originally from England and Ireland, Michael specialises in helping couples, families and individuals. He has extensive training in approaches including applied clinical and counselling psychology, CBT, psychoanalysis and psychodynamic, Jungian, Gestalt, systemic and transactional analysis, as well as holistic forms of therapeutic alliance such as mindfulness.
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