Who's Pulling Your Strings?
How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life

"Braiker, a clinical psychologist, talk-show regular, and best-selling author (The Disease To Please), succeeds at showing readers how to break free from manipulation.... Pointing out that everyone is subject to manipulation but that some people are more susceptible than others, she helps readers recognize manipulation and assess and reduce their own vulnerability and teaches resistance tactics to use when faced with manipulation. Her thesis is best stated this way: 'The only effective way to change a manipulator is to make her tactics ineffective by changing yourself.' Questionnaires and lists make the reading interactive, if not colorful." -- Library Journal

Many people suffer from relationships that leave them feeling manipulated and out of control. Does this sound familiar? Are you in a manipulative relationship? Is someone pulling your strings?

Whether it's within the context of a romantic partner, a family member, a friend, or someone at the workplace, these "toxic" relationships can erode your self-confidence and self-esteem, and have a strong, negative effect on your ability to perform well at home and at work. Who's Pulling Your Strings? provides proven methods to help you break free from these destructive relationships for good.

In this new and illuminating book, clinical psychologist, management consultant and best-selling author Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D., offers a revealing view of the deep, psychological damage manipulators cause, as well as a valuable, health-protecting program for anyone who wants to stop being manipulated by others and start taking control of their lives once and for all.

Working from sound psychological theory, research and years of clinical experience. Dr. Braiker exposes the most common methods manipulative people use to control others -- and firmly reminds us that it takes at least two people to allow such a relationship to function. Once you learn how your own thoughts and behavior make you a soft target for manipulators to ensnare in controlling, stressful, no-win relationships, you will learn potent techniques that can thwart a manipulator's designs and allow you to escape his or her web of control.

  • Using self-assessment quizzes, action plans, and how-to exercises, Dr. Braiker empowers you to:
  • Recognize the signs of a manipulative relationship.
  • Assess your own vulnerability to manipulation.
  • Identify the 7 main "Head Games" manipulators play.
  • Utilize effective resistance tactics against a manipulator's efforts.
  • Transform yourself from a "soft" to a "hardened" target.
  • Extricate yourself from hopelessly manipulative relationships.
  • Protect yourself from falling prey to manipulator' control in the future.
  • Stop others from pulling your strings once and for all.

Who's Pulling Your Strings? Available now at bookstores everywhere! Also available on audio tapes and CDs! 
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