Whole Again: Healing Your Heart and Rediscovering Your True Self After Toxic Relationships and Emotional Abuse (Paperback)
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From a leading voice on recovering from toxic relationships, a deeply insightful guide to getting back to your "old self" again--in order to truly heal and move on.
Jackson MacKenzie has helped millions of people in their struggle to understand the experience of toxic relationships. His first book, Psychopath Free, explained how to identify and survive the immediate situation. In this highly anticipated new book, he guides readers on what to do next--how to fully heal from abuse in order to find love and acceptance for the self and others.
Through his close work with--and deep connection to--thousands of survivors of abusive relationships Jackson discovered that most survivors have symptoms of trauma long after the relationship is over. These range from feelings of numbness and emptiness to depression, perfectionism, substance abuse, and many more. But he’s also found that it is possible to work through these symptoms and find love on the other side, and this book shows how. Through a practice of mindfulness, introspection, and exercises using specific tools, readers learn to identify the protective self they've developed - and uncover the core self, so that they can finally move on to live a full and authentic life--to once again feel light, free, and whole, and ready to love again.
This book addresses and provides crucial guidance on topics and conditions like: complex PTSD, Narcissistic abuse, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Codependency, Core wounding, toxic shame, Borderline Personality Disorder, and so many more.
Whole Again offers hope and multiple strategies to anyone who has survived a toxic relationship, as well as anyone suffering the effects of a breakup involving lying, cheating and other forms of abuse--to release old wounds and safely let the love back inside where it belongs.
About the Author
Jackson MacKenzie is the co-founder of PsychopathFree.com, an online support community that reaches millions of abuse survivors each month. Driven by personal experience, his mission is to spread awareness and give survivors a safe place to validate their experiences and heal after abuse. Jackson's work has been featured on HuffPost, MindBodyGreen, and Thought Catalog.
“In Whole Again, Jackson MacKenzie lays open some of his own personal wounds to advise on how scars from past traumas can heal. He describes how development of a ‘protective self’ can provide acute, numbing relief from emotional pain, but at the expense of more enduring self-acceptance. MacKenzie addresses co-dependency, addiction, post-traumatic stress, and borderline, narcissistic, and other personality disorders, outlining pathways to achieve forgiveness and discharging shame. This book may help fill in the holes that can make you whole again.”
--Jerold Kreisman, MD, co-author of I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality
"Jackson’s book is an empathetic gem of true knowing. Dismantling the effects of trauma can be a daunting undertaking. Whole Again is a compassionate guide. It takes your hand and encourages you to keep going, prompting you to build a power base of self-discovery that takes you home to yourself. All true healing happens within, which in turn offers you the miracle of hope."
--Sarah Brassard, author of Inside: A Guide to the Resources Within to Stay Connected to Your Truth, Even in Trying Times
"In Whole Again, Jackson MacKenzie has synthesized the important basic principles and tools of healing and writes in a style that is both warm and articulate. Whole Again offers a good starting point for those not yet ready for therapy or in conjunction with therapy. It is almost impossible to deal effectively on your own with the effects of trauma and abuse, but having a supportive community and using the simple tools in this book can help you begin the journey toward healing."
— Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, founder of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT), and author of Wired for Love and We Do: Saying Yes to a Relationship of Depth, True Connection, and Enduring Love
"Accessible, profound, and inspiring, the wisdom of Whole Again guides us inward to uncover deeply buried feelings and undigested pain that, left unaddressed, prevent us from experiencing our wholeness. Through consistent and cumulative practices, Jackson offers us a powerful, heart-centered, program that helps us heal, inhabit our lives more fully, and remember our wholeness."
--Jillian Pransky, author of Deep Listening: A Healing Practice to Calm Your Body, Clear Your Mind, and Open Your Heart
"Jackson MacKenzie so lovingly and transparently delves deeply into the trauma and sorrow that can stand in between us and our real selves. This groundbreaking, must-read book brilliantly and compassionately illuminates the path to healing. It is soul work at its finest."
-- Avery Neal, MA, LPC, author of If He’s So Great, Why Do I Feel So Bad?: Recognizing and Overcoming Subtle Abuse
"A powerful and moving force for good, Whole Again is grounded in the author's own research and deep, knowing wisdom. Everyone should have this book on their shelf."
--Erin Falconer, Author of How to Get Sh*t Done and founder of www.pickthebrain.com
“I’ve read many books over the years about recovery from abuse, both self-help and clinical, and WHOLE AGAIN is definitely one of the best. Though not a therapist himself, Mr. MacKenzie has done his homework. His descriptions of personality styles and disorders are not only accurate but also understandable. The book is filled with practical, well-researched and well-organized suggestions to aid the recovery process. It’s clear that Jackson MacKenzie cares deeply about the unique sensitivities of each reader. I love this book.”
--Catherine McCall, M.S., (ret.) L.M.F.T., and author of the international bestseller, Never Tell: Recovering from Childhood Sexual Abuse
“This is a great book for recovering from any trauma or difficult relationship, including relationships with Cluster B personalities. As Jackson MacKenzie says, it’s not what you think—it’s what you feel. To thoroughly understand what that means, read this book. With this powerful information, anyone can become whole again.”
--Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., author of 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life: Identifying and Dealing with Narcissists, Sociopaths and Other High-Conflict Personalities