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  • Controlling People

  • How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You
  • By: Patricia Evans
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

In Controlling People, best-selling author Patricia Evans tackles the "controlling personality" and reveals how and why these people try to run other people's lives. She also explains the compulsion that makes them continue this behavior - even as they alienate others and often lose those they love. Should you ever find yourself in the thrall of someone close to you, Controlling People is here to give you the wisdom, power, and comfort you need to be a stronger, happier, and more independent person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, Wow, Wow!! Powerful Healing Insights!

  • By Thomasine on 10-08-12

Mostly good!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I've also read her book on the verbally abusive relationship and think she really knows her topic. This book is very helpful and does a great job of explaining why controlling people act that way, however it gets very repetitive. I felt the book meandered at times and the entire message could have been given in at least 10 fewer chapters. I found it strange that she devoted an entire chapter to cults and religious control as the rest of the book centered on one to one relationships. Also the narrator has a very strange rhythm to her reading and reads in a monotone voice. So listening to the book was at times almost unpleasant. Great content but a long listen!

  • Trapped in the Mirror

  • Adult Children of Narcissists in Their Struggle for Self
  • By: Elan Golomb
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

The difficulties experienced by adult children of narcissists can manifest themselves in many ways - for example, physical self-loathing that takes the form of overeating, anorexia, or bulimia; a self-destructive streak that causes poor job performance and rocky personal relationships; or a struggle with the self that is perpetuated in the adult's interaction with his or her own children. These dilemmas are both common and correctable, Elan Golomb tells us.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Convoluted

  • By Caligirl on 08-25-17

Convoluted

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-17

I've read several books on this topic but this one was not as helpful as I'd hoped. The author makes some great points but they are hidden in long meandering narratives. The book is full of weird stories and examples that I don't think most people can relate to. The Narcissistic Family is a better book on this topic. Dont let the fact that it says its written for clinicians scare you away, it's very accessible for those of us interested in learning more about our families of origin and their dysfunction.

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