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Start Here: A Crash Course in Understanding, Navigating, and Healing From Narcissistic Abuse Hardcover – January 4, 2019
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Are you in a relationship or dynamic with a person that can be best described as an emotional rollercoaster, toxic, draining, crazy-making, or confusing?
Have you wondered why they never seem to change--no matter how much you are willing to do for them, or how much love, understanding, rehab, religion, therapy, second (or twenty-second) chances you've given them?
Do you feel as though if you tried harder that eventually you could earn their love, respect, loyalty, honesty, or be treated with dignity and respect?
If so, you are not alone and this book is a great place to start.
This book covers:
- The most common words and definitions (along with examples) surrounding narcissists, sociopaths, and narcissistic
abuse, such as "flying monkeys," "hoovering," "narcissistic abuse," "love bombing," "trauma bonding," "C-PTSD," "scapegoat," "reactive abuse," as well as dozens of additional words and concepts that will most likely help everything make a lot more sense.
- Understanding the cycle of narcissistic abuse (and what is really looks like in motion).
- The different ways that emotional manipulators go about exploiting your vulnerabilities.
- Frequently asked questions about narcissistic abuse.
- Elements to consider if you are planning to leave so you can do it as safely as possible.
- What to anticipate after breaking up with a narcissist, sociopath, psychopath, or any other type of emotional
- How to find a support group and privacy concerns to consider when joining one.
- A section for friends and family for how to help support a loved one who is in a narcissistically abusive relationship or dynamic.
And much, much more.
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- Publisher : Morningstar Media (January 4, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 350 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1732908303
- ISBN-13 : 978-1732908307
- Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.81 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,927,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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cold and cruelly. I had never felt like this my entire life and for at least a year my brain felt like scrambled eggs and it hurt but in a way that I can't even describe.
Going to a counselor and a psychiatrist (the drug doctor) only helped up until a point. Both of them said, "He sounds like a narcissist.", but they were not able to connect the dots that I was emotionally and psychologically abused. I knew what I went through for over 20 years wasn't normal and the end of our marriage wasn't normal. I kept researching, reading and finally I found Dana Morningstars "Thrive After Abuse" videos. Things started clicking and making sense and every video she told me I was "not crazy." I'm guessing that anyone who was in a relationship like this has "felt crazy" or wondered "Am I going crazy?" It's the scariest thing in the world. And sadly, how he was acting and me connecting the dots to years of gaslighting, projection and years of lying and "other women"; I started to react to the abuse. I pretty much did everything you are not supposed to do, but........there was no guidance from professionals as they didn't know what I was going through.
Thank God for Dana and her videos. She and other professionals helped me get to where I am today. I still have a long way to go, but I read her book and it's excellent. It is organized so well and it's written for: (1). People who think they might be in a abusive relationship. (2). People just getting out of an abusive relationship. (3). Professionals and people that want to help and support the victim. The book is packed with information, defining so many terms and giving real life examples for each term. And the nice part is that you don't have to read the whole book if you are already familiar with a lot of the terms. The Table of Contents will easily guide you to look up any subject matter or word definition. The end of the book has strategies to help you heal and gain control of your life again; this is my main focus now. I can easily see myself going back to this book for many years to come to look up information.
I can easily see this book being used by professionals to help their patients. Dana's voice comes across as a loving sister or best friend and this same tone is apparent in her writing style. Dana is a psychiatric nurse, so she not only has tons of professional experience, but sadly she's been in destructive relationships with narcs herself. So she gets it and us! As the title suggests -- start here. Yes, this book is a great starting point for anyone looking to heal from narcissistic abuse or really any other problematic relationship.
By jazzyBella607 on January 19, 2019
By Peggy on July 7, 2019
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The book is a bit repetitive at times and I thought I had back tracked somehow a few times by reading something that I had already read in the book.
Nice and easy to understand if you are new to the topic but for those already with an awareness, it is covering old ground and doesn't go as in depth as I was expecting.
I am sure, to a new reader, this book will bring some comfort and reassurance about their situation.