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How to Recognize Emotional Abuse: A Chat with Avery Neal

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Emotional abuse is tough. Damaging on every level, emotional abuse, also called psychological abuse, doesn’t just take a toll on our mental state and our self-esteem, but it also impacts how we feel about ourselves and our relationships with other people. As we have seen in the media from victims who are coming forth in the wake of #MeToo, sometimes people in emotionally abusive relationships don’t actually realize that they’re in one, because the most common hallmarks we associate with abuse just aren’t there. There are no physical scars, the abuser relying on verbal and psychological attacks instead, which can be just as damaging in the long run.  Avery Neal, a psychotherapist and founder of the Women’s Therapy Clinic has…

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‘The State of Affairs’: Sex, Betrayal and Why We Need to Understand Infidelity

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Betrayal, power and affairs are at the scandalous center of our lives and entertainment these days (we’re looking at you Scandal!).  The big question is WHY.  For those of us lost in the dark, Esther Perel just may have the answer. Esther Perel, a Belgian psychotherapist now based in New York City, has a track record of more than 20 years of tackling this taboo topic. Her book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, published in 2007, made headlines when it came out and is still one of the best relationship books we’ve read.  Her TED talk  has received more than 7 million views. While Mating in Captivity dealt with the tensions and contradictions between domesticity and sexual desire, her new book The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity,…

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