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Forward; Men Who Hate Women

Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them
Susan Forward and Joan Torres

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Format: Mass Market Paperback, 1st ed., 287pp.
ISBN: 0553280376
Publisher: Bantam, Doubleday, Dell
Pub. Date: May 1987
Healthy Living members. This is one of three books one of our discussion leaders said helped her the most. She tells me that the book is exceptionally well-written, going right to the heart of the matter and touching the very soul of the reader.
From the Publisher:   Does the man you love assume the right to control how you live and behave? Have you given up important activities or people to keep him happy? Is he extremely jealous and possessive? Does he switch from charm to anger without warning? Does he belittle your opinions, your feelings, or your accomplishments? Does he withdraw love, money, approval, or sex to punish you? Does he blame you for everything that goes wrong in the relationship? Do you find yourself "walking on eggshells" and apologizing all the time? If the questions here reveal a familiar pattern, you may be in love with a misogynist -- a man who loves you, yet causes you tremendous pain because he acts as if he hates you. In this superb self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the voices of men ad women trapped in these relationships to help you understand you man's destructive pattern, the part you play in it, how to break the pattern, heal the hurt, regain your self-respect, and either rebuild your relationship or find the courage to love a truly loving man.
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Library Journal:  Forward is a therapist, author, and talk-show host whose specialty is abusive relationships. This book grew out of her realization that her own marriage as well as those of many of her clients followed a pattern. Many men need to control their relationships completely and consequently are mentally (if not physically) abusive. They denigrate their partners, resent them if they have any outside interests, and become furious for trivial reasons. Women with low self-esteem are drawn to these men because they can also be charming and devoted. Forward devotes the first half of the book to an analysis of the problem, the second half to breaking the pattern and getting outside help. No bibliography, but competent and interesting, and sure to be popular.
Other readers:
  An Absolutely Outstanding Must-read!: When I saw this book in the bookstore, my worst fears became reality. It was very disheartening and eye-opening to see my four-year relationship in a book. Disheartening because I've always considered myself a strong person who could handle anything; eye-opening because all this time, I thought it was just me, but found out there were others. The age-old adage 'the truth hurts' is just that; but it can also heal. Buy the book, you'll be glad you did! (12/98)