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Personal writings from Joy about her experiences and insights.

"Traumatic Narcissism" by Daniel Shaw

In this volume, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, Daniel Shaw presents a way of understanding the traumatic impact of narcissism as it is engendered developmentally, and as it is enacted relationally. Focusing on the dynamics of narcissism in interpersonal relations, Shaw describes the relational system of what he terms the 'traumatizing narcissist' as a system of subjugation – the objectification of one person in a relationship as the means of enforcing the dominance of the subjectivity of the other.

"The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout

Martha Stout, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice, served on the faculty in psychology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for twenty-five years. She is also the author of The Myth of Sanity

"The Clinical Christ" by Dr. Charles Zeider

Dr. Charles Zeider is a forensic psychologist, trauma expert, and practices clinical psychology.

His book discusses the effects of holistic healing.

"Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life" by Henry Cloud

Boundaries is the book that's helped over 2 million people learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of their lives.

In the New York Times bestseller, Boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of your life and set healthy, biblical boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, parents, co-workers, and even yourself.

"Women Who Love Psychopaths: Inside the Relationships of inevitable Harm" by Sandra Brown

For survivors looking for more than Blogger-ology labels and practices and more than My Life With a Narcissist stories, this book is for the conscientious recovery seekers who want real answers to what happened, AND it is a book that any therapist will utilize in your treatment. Real science for real recovery with real professionals.


"Transforming Stress: The Heartmath Solution" by Doc Childre

It's the quintessential buzz word of modern life. It hangs on everyone's lips from the first miles of the morning commute until the screeching alarm clock starts yet another day. Countless articles and studies tell the same story: lives controlled by unmanaged stress end early and none too well. This book describes a simple, straightforward method readers can learn and practice to literally transform stress by shifting the heart's own rhythms.

"Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" by Anne Lamott

A book about learning how to write your story.  Aids in the process of healing and getting your brain back on line.

'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'

"Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within" by Natalie Goldberg

With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively.  Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. 

"The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment" by Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman

Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman is a therapist, consultant, and trainer. She is known for her work with dysfunctional families, particularly with survivors of incest. Robert M. Pressman is the editor-in-chief and president of the Joint Commission for the Development of the Treatment and Statistical Manual for Behavioral and Mental Disorders.

"Navigating No-Contact with a Narcissist: A Recovery Roadmap for Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse"

You may feel exhausted and numb, and you may feel stuck. When you look toward the narcissist, it might feel like his or her life has improved now that you're gone, and you don't understand why. You want to start or maintain the practice of No Contact, when you stop all contact with a narcissist in order to heal from the toxic abuse you experienced, but you don't know where to begin. Navigating No-Contact with a Narcissist is a practical and inspiring guidebook that will help you to let go of the feelings you still have for the narcissist and to stop feeling like you want and need to engage with him or her. Inside the guide, you'll learn how to reclaim your sense of self, take back your life and as you move forward, to safely move on to a better relationship. You'll learn what "no contact" really means in terms of narcissistic abuse recovery, where the term came from and how to implement it in your own life.

"Planetary Pause"

Brady Waller is a non-binary tarot reader,  astrologer, and author in the Philadelphia are helping others find their passion and purpose through soul-oriented reflection. They seek to continually evolve their practice in an attempt to be more inclusive and unsettled. Through the language of Astrology and the symbols of the Tarot, Brady facilities introspection snd connection to the inner self.  

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