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"Not to People Like Us" : Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages

"Not to People Like Us" : Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465090747

Cover of "Not to People Like Us" : Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages 00 (ISBN 978-0465090747)
ISBN13: 978-0465090747
ISBN10: 0465090745

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No

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"Not to People Like Us" : Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465090747

Susan Weitzman

ISBN13: 978-0465090747
ISBN10: 0465090745

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

How is it possible for a highly educated woman with a career and resources of her own to stay in a marriage with an abusive husband? How can a man be considered a pillar of his community, run a successful business, yet regularly give his wife a black eye? The very nature of these questions proves our unarticulated assumption that domestic violence is restricted to the lower classes. When we do hear stories of high-profile victims, we regard them as exceptional cases and still believe abuse doesn't happen to ''people like us''. Now Susan Weitzman counters this assumption by exploring a heretofore overlooked population of battered wives -- the well-educated, upper-income women who rarely report abuse and remain trapped by their own silence. With keen insight and sensitivity, Weitzman, a psychotherapist and educator, traces common patterns of behavior among this group -- their internal dilemmas and decisions, their dangerous desire to cover up abuse and maintain appearances. She shows how their abusive relationships follow a different course from those in other socioeconomic groups, and how these distinctions have profound implications for understanding the true nature of this behavior. Delving into the stories of these women -- wives of CEOs and attorneys, of physicians and professors, the women often professionals themselves -- Weitzman builds harrowing psychological profiles of both the abused and the abuser.

Author Bio

Susan Weitzman, Ph.D., is an institute lecturer at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. A practicing psychotherapist in Chicago, she lectures and conducts workshops nationally

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