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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 audiobook, he guides listeners 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 work with thousands of survivors of abusive relationships, Jackson discovered that survivors frequently have symptoms of trauma lasting long after the relationship is over. These may include feelings of numbness and emptiness, depression, mood swings, isolation, perfectionism, rumination, caretaking and people-pleasing, a need for control, physical maladies, substance abuse, and more.

But he also found that it is possible to work through these symptoms and find fulfillment and love on the other side. In Whole Again, he shares insights and tools for working through the protective self we've developed so that we can finally move on to live a full and authentic life - to once again feel light, free, whole, and ready to give and receive love.

Like Brené Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection and John Bradshaw's Healing the Shame that Binds You, 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.

©2019 Jackson MacKenzie and Shannon Thomas (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Find the voice that most speaks to you

There are many books on this topic - if you are here seeking, that means you have something you want to sort out. Take some time and see which books and voices speak to you and feel GOOD. This one might be one of them - ultimately, this kind of healing will be different for everyone. What I loved about this book was how humanizing it was. Just the right amount of personal reflection (without going deep into memoir territory) and case studies (without being overly clinical). It was honest, grounding and encouraging. Yes, there was quite a bit of repetition in this book as another reviewer pointed out - which can be of service. If you are the audience for this book, you will likely be doubting yourself and questioning things so much that the repetition will help combat the hamster wheel of confusion that may already be going on in your mind. We need to hear things over and over again to change a pattern. You may even want to re-listen to this book (or, specific parts of it) that feel most relevant for your experience. Perhaps most importantly, this book is brimming with compassion. I found the narrator's voice to be soothing and friendly. It created the space for the power of the content to make it's way through.

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So good but read Psychopath Free first!

This is the sequel to Psychopath Free. A book that give clear guidance on the red flags to look for in toxic people. It’s important to understand that healing isn’t just about learning what to loom out for but also to look within and heal ourselves of the qualities that attract these types. I recommend this as a follow up and also codependent no more by Melanie Beattie. Oh and The Little Shaman on YouTube. All psychologist approved. Remember to be honest with yourself and do the work towards recovery. Good luck :)

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Wow

Unexpected. Amazingly detailed. Has a funny way of covering every single aspect of this sickness within relationships.

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Life Changing

This is for people wanting to do the hard work and look honestly at themselves. It's for those that are ready to let go of their pain after realizing why it's there. It's for those that want to stop hosting pity parties for themselves and others and get to the real point of existing, unconditional love.

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  • 2019-11-13

WARNING: unorganized and unprofessional info

It's not clear whether the author intends to help the victims or the perpetrators of abuse. The lines between victim and victimizer are incomprehensibly blurred. The victims of abuse are put into certain labeled boxes and therefore if you carry none of those labels you cannot relate. Even those labels (i.e. NPD) are described in a very rigid manner. Another issue I have with this book is that the role of the abuser/victimizer/perpetrator is ignored and the responsibility of the hurt feelings is totally placed on the victim. We need to understand that in the cases of abuse (imbalance of power) the victim is NOT to be blamed. Victims are NOT trying to recreate patterns of being abused because of scarred childhood. Look for Lundy Bancroft's books on the subject of abusive relationships if you're interested. Most of his books on this subject deal with various forms of abuse (emotional, physical etc.).

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Not expected

This would be on me for not completely reading the description. With the way the title and content was mostly worded, I thought this would be helpful in different types of relationships... Not just the kind of dating someone. Dealing with issues within my family, who I mostly cannot get away from, this content is not helpful in this regard. It's also very rigid in the definitions I've found, for many conditions. I'm not happy with this book. I find the voices tend to make sharp s sounds in the audio, which ends up giving me a headache as well.

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Timely ‘gift’

I am so thankful to have listened to this timely gift. No coincidences! Just what I needed to hear and receive. Thank you Jackson for making this available! Namaste!

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Life saving work

I've not vine across a better work on the topic than this. it is compassionate, comprehensive, accurate, helpful and life changing. I can't recommend it more.

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Boring Book and not what it says its about.

Worst buy. The voice is horrible and hard to follow and not what I thought the book would be about.

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  • tabbyscat
  • 2019-02-07

Incredible!

Great narrative! Very insightful. Absolutely the best book I’ve listened to in a while. He really dives deep into the issues and how to correct them. It took me several weeks to finish this because I kept going back to listen to certain parts over and over again. I recommend it to anyone.

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  • Dawn Scott
  • 2019-01-14

a truly healing and enlighten experience

I truly thank you for this book I read psychopath free and this one thank you

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  • Lady Rider
  • 2019-01-22

Top Book of a Lifetime

This is an amazing read for anyone who is looking for self healing after an abusive relationship. I am forever changed by this book and will read it again and again!! Author was amazing as well ! MUST READ

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  • Booklover127
  • 2019-05-02

Kind of Dissappointed

I really liked Jackson MacKenzie's first book, "Psychopath Free," and so I bought this one. I found this book extremely confusing and upsetting. After listening to this book I feel my healing journey has been sort of derailed and my mind is now filled with self doubts. Moreover, the book is not interesting enough to hold my attention (this is hardly ever an issue for me) and I have to concluded that the material is unmistakably boring. This is surprising to me, since I'm positively obsessed with the subject. As I listened to this book, I've tried to figure out the meaning of each chapter, but there dosn't seem to be any concrete meaning. This book meanders and retraces repetitive circles, and sort of leads to nowhere. It also seems to defend narcissists and attack the victims of narcissistic abuse--indirectly blaming them for being blind to their problems and being unwilling to address the "numb feeling inside" that the author has not been able to resolve in himself either. I would not recommend this book to people seeking real advice for inner healing. It was well narrated though.

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  • Damont and Deidre Smith
  • 2019-02-26

Excellent

Excellent definitely will be reading this book again. Very well written and easy to follow

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  • Robin M.
  • 2019-03-05

Thank you

Thank you for explaining in words that really connect and make sense. This book truly describes what I’ve experienced like none other. On my healing journey....

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  • Daniel Greene
  • 2019-02-14

Amazing

This book might be the best book I've ever read! Do yourself a favor and read it.

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  • joie de vivre
  • 2019-02-06

Excellent Book Focuses On True Healing

I needed to read this book in order to learn how to deal with the process of healing after toxic relationships. This book truly hits the mark. Thank you!

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  • Adri
  • 2019-03-23

Good content, but to much repeat

It's not often I leave negative reviews & I apologize to the author,. I honestly don't understand how it got so many great reviews. Don't get me wrong, the content was great and so was the narrator. However, the meat and potatoes could have been conveyed in a few hours, tops. It seemed the author consistently repeated the same points, just in a hundred different ways. If I want to drill content into my head, I would like the choice to do so. I can summarize it here - if you want to heal chronic issues caused by an unhealed emotional trauma, then you should practice mindfulness. I feel the author psychoanalyzed the heck out of the wounded personality types in order to help the readers understand which type(s) they are. Also, so the readers can recognize which types they may be attracted to in order to avoid those types of wounded souls. Here are some (if not all) of the wounded personality types: the Codependent, Cluster B disorders (the Narcissist, the Borderline Personality), the Complex PTSD type, and the Avoidance type. I wish the author dedicated more time explaining how to practice mindfulness with a some exercises to illustrate what he/she means by mindfulness. I wish it had its own section or chapter. I feel as though the author basically referred me to a couple of other books that went into greater detail about mindfulness. The overall message was abundantly clear. However, it repeated so much that I became suspicious, wondering if the author provided filler in order to stretch out the length of the book (longer books are often sold at a higher price). I hope the author makes future amendments to add more original content, especially regarding mindfulness, and make the book more concise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-01

time to heal!

Actually very helpful. nice to have an actual recovery book that is focused on healing,moving on and letting go and on improving the self, not anybody else! I would reccomend to anybody who has suffered from narcissistic abuse syndrome who is ready to move on with life and stop obsessing over the abuser!_

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