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Gaslighting & Narcissistic Abuse Recovery: Recover from Emotional Abuse, Recognize Narcissists & Manipulators and Break Free Once and for All by [Don Barlow]

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"Many people that are stuck in a toxic relationship, whether romantic or familial, don't even realize it. They have come to believe that the way they are treated is normal. In order to break the cycle, victims need to be educated on the tactics, techniques, and manipulations used by those around them. By recognizing these tactics, they can finally admit to needing help.

In 
Gaslighting& Narcissistic Abuse Recovery by Don Barlow, we are treated to a wide variety of eye-opening information. This book focuses on the tendencies of people with a narcissistic personality and how they manipulate those around them. The book starts with a discussion of narcissism and the variable spectrum of a condition known as narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Barlow then focuses the rest of his book on one particular technique those with NPD use: gaslighting. Within this technique, Barlow elaborates on the stages of gaslighting, how gaslighting can be seen outside romantic relationships, what the impacts are, and how one can respond/recover.

I loved how the book used many different real-life examples to help victims recognize a situation they may be in. Whether it is through the phrases a victim might hear, or a manipulator's constant need for control, I appreciated how Barlow highlighted the abnormality of these behaviours. The book's message and theme were approachable, accessible, and easily understood. What I liked the most, however, was the personal touch that the book brought to the pages. The book opened (and closed) with the author's own experiences with these kinds of relationships. First, he discussed the treatment he received growing up and how that affected his romantic relationships later on. In addition to Barlow's experiences, various other victims told their stories as well. This helps the reader realize that they are not alone. The last thing I'll mention here is that the book isn't simply for victims. I see this as an excellent resource for family members and friends that are looking to help someone being manipulated through gaslighting.

There was only one small thing that I disliked about this book. The book's main focus was intended to be on gaslighting and NPD. Although I completely acknowledge that there is a lot of crossover between other forms of abuse and gaslighting, I had the impression that the specific focus waned significantly as the book concluded. The final chapter, entitled "Recovering from Abuse", could have been applied to almost all types of abusive relationships and techniques. This remark, however, is very minor and could even be construed as a positive point for some readers seeking additional resources.

This book was full of great information. It identified key aspects of NPD and gaslighting to which I was previously ignorant, and I can definitely see it being a priceless reference for those suffering in a manipulative relationship. For those reasons alone, I fully believe that this book deserves a perfect 
four out of four stars. The minor issue mentioned above wasn't enough to remove a star from the rating. The ideal audience for this book is evidently those that think they may be in a manipulative relationship, but it would be just as useful for friends and family wishing to provide assistance to a victim."Officially reviewed by Online Book Club

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08XR1LT1D
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 28, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1606 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 178 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Don Barlow is the author of several self-help books; he wishes to share his experience and gained knowledge with readers to help those with similar experiences to:

• Know they are not alone,

• Identify their symptoms, and

• Take back control of their lives

• Achieve a sense of freedom and self-worth.

Growing up with a manipulative and abusive parent, he spent many years dealing with mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks and other symptoms associated with abuse.

Recognizing his symptoms were those of gaslighting and PTSD, he began to research these topics and others, and through years of research and conducting case studies, he was able to learn valuable strategies for coping with and healing from his trauma.

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This book helped me to identify what manipultive communication looks like. The introduction made me realize that I have grew up with this kind of treatment all my life- and these were the kind of people I was attracting. The amazing thing in my situation is narcissist people can change! Husband and I are working through some things and I'm so honored to be recovering and healing. God bless.
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