If Hes So Great, Why Do I Feel So Bad?: Recognizing and Overcoming Subtle Abuse by Avery NealI find this book an invaluable source for anyone who either is or was in an abusive relationship at some point in their lives, as well as for anyone who seeks to understand the mechanisms and machinations of what a friend, family member or client may go through.
Its well structured and describes in detail the various ways of subtle and covert abuse, the mindset of an abuser as well as their supplys/victims and offers countless case studies to illustrate the authors points.
Most notable to me was that Neal included a chapter on the additional abuse many victims suffer at the hands of couples counselors who take the abusers side without being aware of the relationship dynamic. An abuser will not shy away from turning even those, along with family and common friends, into Flying Monkeys.
Although the author remarked that very rarely can an abuser make an honest effort at change by going to individual therapy, she did drive her point home by repeating several times that this is still a very unlikely scenario. Once confronted with their controlling and toxic behavior the old rage resurfaces and the abuser will in almost all cases quit therapy.
In short: The only way to escape the abuse is not to love harder, be more persistent, patient and rape yourself into submission but to escape and go NO CONTACT.
I disagree with the many voices on here that criticized that the books language was too heteronormative. The author explained in detail why she chose to use the pronouns he for abuser as well as she for the supply. There are by far, BY FAR, more women being stuck in abusive relationships than men and those are also more likely to seek help by way of reading material.
I appreciated the exercises that were provided especially in later chapters. How to tell whether you are being held hostage emotionally by a toxic pervert or whether your partner and you are simply not compatible or have the average problems and challenges most relationships have.
The encouragement to go by your gut instinct and not over-intellectualize that or why you feel bad, ending up in a downward spiral of guilt and shame.
Taking a look at your own past, your upbringing, previous relationships and friendships, which patterns do you see, in your own behavior and the people that are attracted to you?
These were all very helpful tools to assess yourself and your own role (without casting blame on the victim!) in relationships, including many suggestions on how to stop abusive patterns by partners from the get go.
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Self-improvement begins with his willingness to imagine and create different possibilities for his life. And the way out of darkness is to turn on a light. And you can help him in that process by showing him compassion, support, and understanding. He wants to please you. If your man takes on more of the responsibility to please you in bed, he also likely takes on more of the shame of poor sexual relations within your relationship. Sound familiar?
Lets face it women, Most of you are Mean as hell. Because of that, most of you like to have the upper hand in any relationship. Women, you care a lot more about your status in a relationship which makes you have the upper hand. And open scene two… Doc walks in. You see everyone, I like to observe this kind of stuff, I watch and learn and to be quiet honest with you, I have lived it time and time again. Its kind of my thing.