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Powerful Books On Emotional Abuse to Read

This article showcases our top picks for the ‘Books On Emotional 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).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.


The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

This product was recommended by Sabrina Romanoff from DrRomanoff

Van Der Kolk has created a coherent blueprint for understanding and treating trauma in this book. He explores how trauma impacts the more ancient (reptilian) part of the brain, and how it can ‘communicate’ with this pre-verbal system through the body. This depends on willingness and capacity to feel and experience what is going on inside us, not just think about it. This book describes the combination of a bottom-up (somatic) and a top-down (cognitive) approach.


Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas

This product was recommended by Sabrina Romanoff from DrRomanoff

This book is helpful in validating experiences of emotional abuse in context of the ways in which individuals who inflict psychological abuse may deceive their victims. This can arise through lies, games, and tactics to gain control. This book is often helpful to patients because it leads to feelings of being seen, heard, and believed, which for many is often lacking and helps with the healing process. Its helps readers come to terms with the fact that the abuse they’ve experienced is not their fault or that they are crazy or imagining it. Another benefit if the book is that it spells out the recovery process in 6 tangible steps (e.g., despair, education, awakening, boundaries, restoration and maintenance). This is a clear and concise manual for individual working on healing from emotional abuse.


Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman

This product was recommended by Sabrina Romanoff from DrRomanoff

This is one of my favorite books as a psychologist. Herman writes with love, and encouragement and thoughtfulness. I’ve read it and recommended it many times over. She elegantly traces the history of the idea of trauma to the detection of PTSD in war veterans to the feminist recognition of domestic and sexual violence, and child abuse. She also speaks to the tendency for suffering to not be recognized in certain groups or for individuals with symptoms that are instead patholgized or disregarded. This book is stunningly written, and accessible to readers from all backgrounds.


Redefining Normal by Alexis Black

This product was recommended by Alexis Lenderman-Black from Redefining Normal

In this book, I talk in-depth on my experiences of being in an emotionally abusive relationship as well as dealing with abuse throughout my time in the foster care system.


Somebody Cares by Susan Farber Straus

This product was recommended by Ryan Adams from Progressives Now

More than ever children must learn how to deal and report emotional abuse and neglect. Our education system fails with teaching our children how to deal with anxiety, depression, and the emotions they feel. This causes issues later in their life when it comes addiction. Now more than ever we must teach if not ourselves, our children about how to deal with emotion.


Healing Your Inner Child by Alegra Loewenstein

This product was recommended by Alegra Loewenstein from AlegraLoewenstein

Healing your inner child naturally helps to heal past traumas, no matter when in your life they occurred. This workbook helps you identify your inner child, heal the wounds our inner children inevitably have, and cultivate the power of a childlike mindset: embracing a life that makes room for play and innocence. All of this work helps us to stop letting the past decide how we want to live our lives right now, which includes healing from emotional abuse.

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