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9 Powerful Books On Healing From Narcissistic Abuse

This article showcases our top picks for the ‘Books On Healing From Narcissistic Abuse’. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

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Recovering From Narcissistic Abuse by Priscilla Posey

This product was recommended by Bilawal Gul from Essay River

The reason I am recommending this book is that it connects emotionally with the reader – particularly the one who has already suffered or been suffering from narcissistic abuse and doesn’t even know about it. It touches the deep inside in you emphatically and helps to recover from it. If you have never sought the help of anyone about the abusive experience you have had then this book is the one to help you get back to normal. This book helps you better understand the real meaning of narcissist abuse and how it affects. In my opinion, if you can’t afford a therapist then get this book. It is a story that helps better understand narcissists and how it affects your life. With the storytelling techniques, the writer taught about how narcissists behave in reality that cannot be explained better otherwise.


Boundaries by Henry Cloud

This product was recommended by Samantha Moss from Romantific

I was fond of reading books from when I was a child up until now that I’m an employee in a successful business. With my childhood habit, I have read different genres of books and this gave me a wider perspective in life and in work as well. I have read books about different topics and I also came across books about healing from narcissistic abuse. As for me, the best and must-read book about healing from narcissistic abuse is written by Henry Cloud and John Townsend which is entitled “Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How To Say No To Take Control of Your Life” which readers can buy on Amazon. What I love about this book is that it gives readers explanations and tips that will teach them how to deal with narcissistic abuse. This book talks about how to use skills to emotionally protect themselves.


Disarming the Narcissist by Wendy Behary

This product was recommended by Samantha Moss from Romantific

This book is a book that every individual who is involved with a narcissist should read. In this book, the author teaches readers how to identify a narcissist’s traps and how to deal more effectively with narcissists.


Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas

This product was recommended by Samantha Moss from Romantific

In this book, Thomas discusses to her readers the basics of psychological abuse and the stages of recovery from psychological abuse. The author also walks readers through the challenging process of recovering from trauma and rebuilding your life after experiencing psychological abuse.


Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller

This product was recommended by Heather Z. Lyons from Baltimore Therapy Group

One of the most helpful ways to heal from narcissistic abuse is to go back to the source. If you realize that the narcisstic relationship you just left looks a lot like your relationship with one or both of your parents, this book might be helpful. Drama of the Gifted Child is a classic book that explains the ways that children who are raised by narcissists adapt in the world, largely by learning to be well-attuned to others, sometimes at the expense of their own needs. This early socialization can leave children of narcissists vulnerable to narcissists in their adult life. After all, they know how to succeed in this type of relationship. Further, they might harbor a wish that this time they can the relationship right and perhaps get their needs met in ways they haven’t been able to before.


Out of the Fog by Dana Morningstar

This product was recommended by Giuseppe Aragona from Prescription Doctor

I purchased this book about a week ago now and began reading it almost straight away because of all positive recommendations it has had. I am only half way through and I have already gained so much insight. It makes you more aware of who you are and it helps you analyse your surroundings more in depth. It will help you spot negative energy quickly too, which is why I needed the book in the first place. I am hoping to finish it soon so that I can pass it on to others who I feel with benefit from this book as much as I have.’

All this being said, it’s important to realize that children of narcissists can take on more responsibility in relationships than they should be shouldering. For that reason, they can blame themselves for abusive aspects of the relationship that are not their responsibility to take on. The same is true when attempting to understand the abuse. Survivors of narcissistic abuse should avoid asking themselves, how did I cause this abuse? Just because they might have experienced childhoods that made them vulnerable to this type of abuse does not mean that others have permission to abuse them.


The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu

This product was recommended by Vicki Wilkinson from Babies to Bookworms

This book marked a turning point for me in my recovery from divorce. The authors dive into the complicated concept of forgiveness. While it sounds unfathomable to forgive your abuser, this book explores the ways that forgiveness helps you, and can help you to move through the pain. The book is easy to read, with thought provoking questions and activities you can do to explore your own situation. It helped me to see how the hurt and anger was affecting me, and gave me a light at the end of the tunnel.


You Can Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse by Melanie Tonia Evans

This product was recommended by Lynell Ross from Test Prep Insight

This book has helped thousands of people recover from Narcissistic abuse. The trouble is, most people who are in a relationship with a narcissist don’t know it. They know something is wrong, but can’t identify the problem because they are being told they are the problem by their abuser. Melanie Tonia Evans explains narcissistic abuse may be mental, physical, financial, spiritual or sexual. She helps you recognize the forms of abuse you are dealing with, how to understand your own beliefs that keep you hooked into the relationship, and how to disarm the abuser so you empower yourself and heal from the abuse. Evans teaches you how to heal from the inside out and become a stronger person than ever before.


The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans

This product was recommended by Sandra Larson from My Sex Toy Guide

First published in 1992, The Verbally Abusive Relationship book discusses how narcissists use verbal abuse as a tool for control. Patricia Evans brings out the issue of ‘crazymaking’ and how verbal abusers manipulate their victims into questioning their perception. She also sheds light on subtle verbiage and how it’s used by narcissists to further manipulate their victims in a relationship.

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