Exploitive relationships can create trauma bonds - chains of trust that link you to someone who is dangerous, abusive and toxic. Dr. Carnes will guide you toward freedom from an abusive cycle of destruction and betrayal. By its very nature, this journey to freedom and well-being takes courage and effort. Reading this book, and having its wisdom and guidance assist you at every step, will help make this journey easier by lending much-needed support and understanding. Dr. Carnes's deep compassion and abundant insights make this book invaluable to you as you take the courageous steps necessary to break free of your bonds and embrace healing.
Divorce, incest, child abuse, domestic violence, kidnapping . . . are situations of incredible intensity where there is an exploitation of trust or power. Dr. Patrick Carnes presents an in-depth study of such relationships, how to recognize when traumatic bonding has occurred, and the steps to take to extricate oneself or a loved one from the relationship.