“Blind to Betrayal” New book release March 11th, 2013 by Jennifer Freyd & Pamela Birrell

A new book (John Wiley & Sons) co-authored by two University of Oregon psychologists, Jennifer Freyd & Pamela Birrell will hit bookstores on March 11th.

According to the University of Oregon’s release announcement, “Betrayal violates us,” say Freyd and Birrell in the preface to their book which uses case studies of “unfaithful spouses, abuse by powerful authority figures and corrupt institutions” to increase our understanding of why people cover up their acts and how victims are impacted.

Publisher, Wiley & Sons describe Dr. Jennifer Freyd, Ph.D. as “One of the world’s top experts on betrayal”. In their description of Blind to Betrayal, the authors investigate: “Whether the betrayer is an unfaithful spouse, an abusive authority figure, an unfair boss, or a corrupt institution, we often refuse to see the truth order to protect ourselves.”

“This book explores the fascinating phenomenon of how and why we ignore or deny betrayal, and what we can gain by transforming “betrayal blindness” into insight.”

“In a remarkable collaboration of science and clinical perspectives, Jennifer Freyd …teams up with Pamela Birrell, a psychotherapist and educator with 25 years of experience.”

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  1. That book sounds interesting.

    Someone was telling me about her unfaithful ex-husband. “But at least he was never abusive to me,” she said. I told her that unfaithfulness in marriage is very emotionally abusive, in my opinion. The betrayal of a spouse hits you hard, on every emotional level. It’s a terrible blow to one’s self-esteem, and devastating to your sense of safety, security, and ability to trust. I’m speaking from experience, here.

    What is your take on this book, Jeanette?

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    • Jeannette Bartha

       /  02/28/2013

      Lady, The book isn’t released until Mar. 13th.

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    • Jeannette Bartha

       /  02/28/2013

      Lady, The book isn’t released until Mar. 13th.

      Would you mind sharing your ideas about the word “abusive”? People use it in so many ways.

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      • Sure, I’ll be glad to share my ideas about the abuse word, particularly in this context. It will have to wait until another day, though, I’m a little too nervous at the moment to think coherently. My granddaughter is having her baby right now, and I … yi.. yi… nerves…!

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