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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (860 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Evans Narrator: Mary Kae Irvin Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781593163921
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If you or someone you know answers “yes” to one or more of the following questions, this book is required reading: Does your partner seem irritated or angry at you several times a week? Does he deny being angry when he clearly is? Do your attempts to discuss feelings of pain or emotional distress leave you with the feeling that the issue has not been resolved? Do you frequently feel perplexed and frustrated by his responses, as though you were each speaking a different language? Almost everyone has heard of or knows someone who is part of a verbally abusive relationship—if they’re not involved in one themselves. In The Verbally Abusive Relationship, you’ll find validation and understanding—it’s not “all in your head”—and encouragement for your efforts to change the situation. In this expanded second edition, author Patricia Evans explores the damaging effects of verbal abuse on children and the family, and offers valuable insight and recommendations to therapists, as well as those who seek therapeutic support. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa 'Pixi' Kraus | 2/18/2014

    " I think that everyone should read this book. It helped me to realize some of the very non obvious forms of verbal abuse. There are so many things that happened to me that I never would have thought or considered verbal abuse until I read this book and was better able to understand my own circumstance. This book has helped me to understand myself better, my situation better, and to move forward with my life. The reason I think everyone should read this book is because it defines the many facets of verbal abuse that many people deal with every day without even realizing it. I think there is also invaluable information in this book about raising children to recognize verbal abuse and helping to validate their feelings and reality as well. I also think that abusers don't realize they are abusing. I find myself now choosing my words very carefully so as not to inadvertently manipulate someone. I also listen very closely to the things other people say to me to always try and keep aware of verbal abuse. Since reading this book I have also found that this type of abuse is extremely common. Many people have seen me reading it and made comments about their own experiences. It's just a shame that it took me so long to recognize mine, and in fact I wouldn't have had it not been for a friend saying "HEY! That sounds like verbal abuse! I heard of this book that I think you should read." I believe that this book is an invaluable resource for everyone and I took many notes that I will be keeping on file on my computer to review from time to time to keep my mind on the right track. I want to keep improving my life and myself, and avoiding those who seek power over me. This book is just one of the things that has helped me start working towards that goal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 2/13/2014

    " I read this book for my volunteer in-service at the women's shelter. I think anyone would benefit from reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/12/2014

    " Important book for everyone to read ... This needs to be talked about more openly & frequently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/8/2014

    " One of the best books on this subject that I have read. Enlightening and easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meril | 1/27/2014

    " useful, but not as much as it could be. The author doesn't seem to think that women can be abusive (or blames everything on gender roles) so if a reader needs help in an abusive lesbian relationship I advise her to read this book very warily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/13/2014

    " That I WASN"T crazy...If the words or attitude disempower, disrespect, or devalue the other, than they are abusive. In a verbally abusive relationship, the partner learns to tolerate abuse w/o realizing it & to lose self-esteem w/o realizing it. She is blamed by the abuser and becomes the scapegoat. Crazymaking..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 1/9/2014

    " Informative read for any woman. Absolutely essential for anyone who is or has been in a chaotic or damaging relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 1/7/2014

    " Enlightening. It explained my own experience and my responses to that experience. I recommend the book to anyone who has been through it, wonders if they are going through it, or knows someone who is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Goldie | 12/28/2013

    " Reading this book was like having my house cut open with a power saw. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jam Zsiga | 12/25/2013

    " This book is an awesome read if you do not understand abuse and want to learn more about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 12/22/2013

    " Worth reading, for sure, but was difficult to read. Not because the content was hard to understand, but at times it seemed the writing was less than coherent. Still, definitely worth reading for anyone who deals with (or is dealing with) potentially abusive relationships & those in them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Chavers | 12/1/2013

    " Got me thru my own journey without as much pain. So if that's the measure, I say well-done! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 11/24/2013

    " They have this at the Library so I am going to pick it up today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 8/4/2013

    " By far one of the most eye opening books I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/11/2013

    " Excellent book on recognizing verbal abuse and dealing with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan Deen | 3/7/2013

    " I'm reading more school related books lately! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Gubler | 12/19/2012

    " Crystallizes ideas and perceptions long held but not completely understood. Provided some wow moments of clarity. Can be more broadly interpreted and applied. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bea | 10/25/2012

    " I liked the parts on identification of verbal abuse but I found the overall guidance to be pretty simplistic. It more or less boils down to "he isn't going to change, so move out." That's so much easier said than done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 9/1/2012

    " It was really interesting to get some clarity around what is considered abusive verbally. Definitely glad to be done with it though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Wallace | 1/14/2012

    " On your quest through life, you may find that you need a book like this. If you do, start with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy Lankenau | 12/18/2011

    " This is one of the books on my shelf that helped transform my life! Verbal Abuse IS Abuse... and the behavior needs to be recognized ... excellent stuff!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 6/7/2011

    " I would love for everyone I know to read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 5/27/2011

    " great tips on how to identify and respond "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/10/2010

    " Wow. How powerful. How can she write this stuff unless she has been through an abusive relationship? Great book. Great stuff for dealing with kids and their familins whom I see. I never read nonfic, but this was an A+. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/27/2010

    " This book is a real eye-opener for those who have become inured to verbal abuse to the point where they doubt themselves. You know you feel badly but don't know why and this book explains what is verbally abusive and how to reframe your thoughts to avoid it. 2 thumbs up, so far! "

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About the Author

Patricia Evans is the bestselling author of several books and a highly acclaimed interpersonal communications specialist, public speaker, and consultant. She’s appeared on Oprah, CNN, national radio, and in Newsweek and O, The Oprah Magazine.