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Exploitive relationships can create trauma bonds-chains that link a victim to someone who is dangerous to them. Divorce, employee relations, litigation of any type, incest and child abuse, family and marital systems, domestic violence, hostage negotiations, kidnapping, professional exploitation and religious abuse are all areas of trauma bonding. All these relationships share one thing: they are situations of incredible intensity or importance where there is an exploitation of trust or power.

In The Betrayal Bond, Patrick Carnes presents an in-depth study of these relationships, why they form, who is most susceptible, and how they become so powerful. He shows how to recognize when traumatic bonding has occurred and gives a checklist for examining relationships. He then provides steps to safely extricate from these relationships. This is a book you will turn to again and again for inspiration and insight, while professionals will find it an invaluable reference work.

©1997 Patrick J. Carnes (P)2017 Tantor

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Punch To The Gut

From beginning to end, what was said in this book and revealed to me about myself felt like gut punches and soul stabs. Often accompanied by heavy, deep soul sighs. This book really hit home. Highly recommended! When I got to the parts that required me to complete exercises, I felt anxious. Probably because it was a change from just talking about my misery and made me actually do something about it. The exercises were revealing, relevant, and effective. This book just "gets me". If it wasn't meant for everyone, I would've thought this book was written just for me. I can honestly say I got more out of one listen to this book than the 3 months of therapy I've had since I took FMLA leave to deal with my mental health issues. I only wish I would've found it sooner.

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Learned a lot. Definitely will read again. Very well written and easy to follow. Great 👍🏾

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Resonates to my core

I have been relistening to capture more. The content has facilitated a paradigm shift within me after a life of abuse, betrayal and trauma.

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This book was a life changer for me!

Recently I had been reunited with a person in my past that caused me the rush of "in love" feelings when I saw him. This person was very abusive to me and was baffled on how I could have such intense feelings from someone I know to be violent and narssisstic. A family member turned me into this book and I learned the how and the why and what the feelings were really about. I'm going through healing transformation I never thought possible! If you have ever been hurt by a narssist I highly recommend reading this!

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Everyone should listen/read regardless of background

This book was very insightful for many relationships I’ve had throughout life... but most importantly the one with myself. There are all types of problems and issues people are facing and I appreciate how informative it was in that way as well.

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enlightening

enlightening! I learned so much about myself and about the people around me. I am on step closer to ending my betrayal bond.

I was shocked with how much of the book I related to. Especially the fun house reference and setting boundaries.

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Helpful

I have been a victim of many different types of abuse and victimized by many different people. This book has helped me to realize that some of my behaviors that I have used to cope are unhealthy for the people around me and has helped me to take the initial steps to change my behavior patterns to more healthy ones.

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I am very grateful for this book and the straightforward presentation of really sensitive material. It is not only informative but instructional. I will be doing all the work suggested and have already recommended to many friends. If you are considering reading this book, I am suggesting it to you now. You won’t regret it.

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Spreadsheets weren't meant for reading out loud!

Riveting information until you get to the long minutes of spreadsheets being read out loud. What were they thinking?! Too tedious for words. Please attach pdfs in the future!

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Many references to sex addiction which is not a diagnosis found in the DSM—the manual therapists reference to diagnosis.

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  • 02-13-20

Get the paper copy

I think this book is fantastic, however part way in I ended up deciding to buy the paper copy as there are lots of tasks and exercises to do and it was much easier to complete them from an actual book rather than audio.

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  • 05-18-19

Excellent and Informative

This book completely understands people who are trying to overcome a trauma bond. It provides an informative not judgemental guide. Thoroughly interesting and extremely helpful.

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  • Artful Dodger London
  • 04-27-19

Really helpful.

This is a great book on a really worthwhile subject however much of it is in workbook format and for that reason I have also bought a hard copy...its also difficult to listen to and understand these parts as they are repetitive and annoying in the audio version. Perhaps they could have been condensed or even left out? Highly recommend the book though.