Healing From Hidden Abuse Book Review
by: Heidi Suydam
The thing about hidden abuse is, it’s hidden. Sometimes even from the person being abused. You see things can seem so “normal” and when they don’t the abuser is an expert at explaining away anything that seems out of order or wrong.
Shannon Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in helping people recover from hidden abuse. Hidden abuse is frequently (and mostly)
experienced with people who are severe narcissists. It can be emotional, financial, or mental but it is all psychological abuse - this is why it is so often hidden.
“Why is psychological abuse also referred to as hidden abuse? The behavior of the abuser(s) involves chronic and repetitive secret games being played by one individual, or a group of people against a target. These actions are so well disguised that their venom frequently goes unnoticed.
These abusers are experts at gaslighting - which in a very simple explanation is a specific type of manipulation designed to make an individual or a group of people doubt their memory, their perceptions or even their own reality*.
When the abused finally starts to realize what is happening and break free from their abuser, there is usually slandering involved - especially when the abuser’s actions start to be noticed and shared with others.
In her book “Healing from Hidden Abuse”, Shannon Thomas first explains what psychological abuse is and the “Who, What, Where, When, How and Why” this happens.
The tone of her writing is easy to read and understand as she dives deep into the healing process introducing the “6 Stages of Recovery”.
As a survivor of psychological abuse myself I can say this book helped me through my healing process and as a result has helped me in life and business.
Do you think you may be in a relationship like this either at home, work, in your extended family or even church?
I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book hard copy, audible or both!
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**I am not affiliated with Shannon Thomas in anyway and am not being compensated by her or anyone affiliated with her to promote her book.
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