Stalking the Soul by Marie-France Hirigoyen
Emotional Abuse and the Erosion of Identity

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It is possible to destroy someone simply with words, looks, and innuendos: the term for this is emotional abuse or moral harassment, and the evidence is mounting that this a major epidemic in our culture. In this landmark study, already a bestseller in France and forthcoming on over ten countries, the author analyzes, with numerous examples, the specific features of an abusive relationship-and cautions against complacency. She demonstrates a deadly process at work among couples, families, and in the workplace, a process that sweeps its victims into a downward vortex that can even lead to suicide. Until now the subject of emotional abuse through perverse violence has been largely neglected. This noteworthy and well-documented book is a practical guide for its victims and for people wishing to help them, as well as for health professionals. Written clearly and vividly, Stalking the Soul will engage all those who choose not to remain indifferent to a painful and surprisingly widespread problem in our society today.

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Marie-France Hirigoyen is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and family therapist based in Paris. Her studies on victimology in both France and the U.S. led her to further research in the area of stalking and emotional abuse. Thomas Moore, Ph.D., wrote the phenomenal #1 bestsellers "Care of the Soul" and "SoulMates" as well as many other successful books. Moore was a Catholic monk for twelve years and later became a psychotherapist, earning degrees in theology, musicology, and religion. Moore now lectures extensively throughout North America. Helen Marx is the publisher of Helen Marx Books. After attending the French Lycee in Buenos Aires and graduating from Smith College, she worked in Paris. She divides her time between Paris and New York.
Published April 1, 2000 by Helen Marx Books. 208 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Business & Economics, Romance. Non-fiction

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This, according to Hirigoyen, is the intent of many abusers: to systematically ""destabilize"" and confuse their victims (with irrational, threatening behavior that preys on the victim's fears and self-doubts), to isolate and control them and ultimately to destroy their identity.

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