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If you ever wondered what goes into emotional and psychological spousal abuse that stems from narcissism, A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Manipulate is the book that will show you a first-person account. Author Michael Sunset is a survivor of an abusive marital relationship and hopes to share his overall experience that begins with enduring a brutal smear campaign by his own mother and sister along with his ex-wife. He articulates how people with Cluster B personalities master cunning manipulation that can put you through great stress and anxiety that could trigger your suicidal tendencies. He gives real-life examples of insidious gaslighting and how victims can defend themselves against it in order to prevent the gaslighters from growing more venomous. He emphasizes the importance of self-care and healthy coping strategies with external support (in Mr. Sunset’s case, his daughter and his brother) as key factors in recovery and maintaining your well-being.
A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Manipulate exemplifies what it feels like to be a man in an abusive relationship. Psychological and emotional abuse is often attributed to women as victims. Perhaps male victims are reluctant to report abuse because they either feel embarrassed or fear that no one would believe them, given the societal norms that men are expected to be strong especially in a heterosexual relationship. Thankfully, Michael Sunset shows emotionally and psychologically abused men, as well as those who care for them, that they are not alone, and that they do not face a shortage of resources when combatting manipulative tactics employed by their abusers. Reading his experience, it is comforting to know that victimized men can overcome the abuse.