Will I Ever Be Free of You? How to Navigate a High-Conflict Divorce from a Narcissist, and Heal Your Family. Published by Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster.
Author of the bestseller Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers, Dr. Karyl McBride draws on her expertise in treating children and partners damaged by narcissists in this practical new guide to divorce and its aftermath.
With more than three decades of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist, Dr. McBride guides you through the emotional fallout and challenges of being married to and divorcing a narcissist. The court system assumes that both parties in most high-conflict divorces are at fault, but a narcissist can wreak havoc in the divorce process. Dr. McBride shows how to navigate this kind of divorce and how you and your children can heal afterward.
Written for those considering or already going through divorce, as well as the professionals working with them, Will I Ever Be Free of You? has three parts: Recognizing the Problem, Breaking Free, and Healing from the Debilitating Impact of Narcissistic Relationships. You begin by learning exactly what narcissism is, how to identify it, and how it affects relationships, then how to begin and carry on through a divorce and make the best decisions for you and your children. Dr. McBride lays out a roadmap of trauma recovery for the whole family, offering a step-by-step program for recognizing and healing from the particular emotional damage that narcissism causes.
This guide offers new therapeutic strategies and practical guidance for protecting yourself and your children through this difficult time.
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- Attorney Anne Shale
“Will I Ever Be Free of You is a rare achievement. It is an insightful, thought-provoking, and powerful guide for dealing with divorce and narcissists. A smart book with an optimistic message from an author who knows how to heal.”
- Steven Babitsky Esq. SEAK, Inc.
“This book should be required reading for anyone divorcing in these circumstances, and for professionals who will benefit from the information and recommendations about a highly specialized area. The abundance of real life examples will be relatable to the reader and will provide a much needed resource that understands their situation. And equally important, a plan to help.”
- Allison Brittsan, MA, LPC
"If you have ever woken up at 3:00 am heart pounding with the vivid certainty that you must end the relationship with the person sleeping next to you, but the next day continued on as if such middle of the night thoughts were just a bad dream, then “Will I Ever Be Free of You?” is probably a book you should read. The surreal Alice in Wonderland quality of living with a narcissist is not something we are born knowing how to deal with or even understand. Dr. McBride does a wonderful job identifying the narcissist in action, the haze of denial that keeps one in the relationship, and steps for breaking through the denial. She lays out a thoughtful and compassionate plan on how to extricate oneself from the relationship, protect any children involved, and heal from the damage. Whatever stage of awakening from the nightmare of a narcissistic relationship one finds themselves, Dr McBride's thorough understanding of how the narcissist operates in relationships and her gentle and comprehensive guidance for saving oneself from further damage are invaluable to anyone trapped in Wonderland."
- A.B., lawyer
“Compact but thorough guide to successfully handling and surviving divorce- if you're married to a narcissist…Packed with useful advice…Proactive, goal-oriented, sound advice on how to heal, and how to move forward. The author isn’t satisfied with helping the thousands of men and women whose lives have been damaged by narcissists and are involved in high-conflict divorces. She wants to help the children too.”
- Psychcentral.com, Therapy Soup
"The innovative program Dr. McBride proposes would be a breath of fresh air, helping families chart a course and create health and healing through the divorce process. It would save families and the legal system enormous money and resources. I highly recommend this important, groundbreaking book.”
- Renee Richker, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
“Karyl McBride’s Will I Ever Be Free of You? is a smart, practical guide to a perplexing problem- severing your tie to a highly narcissistic partner. Full of good advice and moving examples, it is as readable as it is sensible and helpful.”
- Terry Real, author of The New Rules of Marriage
“As a family law attorney, I would give this book to certain clients with a highlighter and sticky notes. Enough said.”
- S. Scott Lasher, Esq. Lasher Legal Resolution P.C.
“I finally (completely) realized my husband is NEVER going to change - and I will not spend the rest of my life in this toxic and destructive marriage. Since then I have read “Will I Ever Be Good Enough?” and “Will I Ever Be Free of You?” I am trying to gather reliable information before I begin the divorce process. Both of your books have been very helpful.”
“I am a marriage and family therapist and I am currently divorcing a narcissist. The divorce has literally brought out this character trait in spades. Your latest book, Will I Ever Be Free of You? How to Navigate a High-Conflict Divorce from a Narcissist, and Heal Your Family, has been such a God-send. Reading it and learning about it has helped me to stay focused on the fact that I do deserve unconditional love, not the conditional love of my ex. Thank you for helping me to stay strong and I know that the empathy created by this situation will allow me to help others. Thank you!”
“My friend sent me the link to your new book Will I Ever be Free of You? and I've only gotten through chapter three. I can't thank you enough for helping me find a path to recovery. Your book is indeed a healing chapter in my life.”
“I am now reading Will I Ever Be Free of You? My life is on EVERY page of this book! Thank you so much for writing and sharing! It's nice to know I am not alone in this world!”
"Thank you for writing this book, Will I Ever Be Free of You? How to Navigate a High-Conflict Divorce from a Narcissist, and Heal Your Family. I have been divorced for 4 years and I am still struggling with my narcissistic ex-husband. I found your book and I have not been able to put it down. It is really going to help me.”
"I want to personally thank you for all the time and effort you have taken into writing this book Will I Ever Be Free of You? How to Navigate a High-Conflict Divorce from a Narcissist, and Heal Your Family. The title leaped out at me. I am sure you can guess I am yet another individual, married over twenty years that experienced extreme hardship over many years. My divorce was finally settled less than six months ago. What a long ride it is was for me and my children. It wasn't until there was a court ordered child custody evaluation that we had a label for his craziness. I am incredibly impressed with your pilot study. Thank you for putting so much thought into how to help families in the future."
"Tough read but a beautiful effort at making your experiences available for those in need. Tough read because one has to confront years of experiences that finally make sense. Love the book. Thank you."
"I wanted to let you know that I purchased your new book “Will I ever be free of you?”, right last Wednesday! I started reading it immediately, but had to put it down after a while, because it was so powerful and I could not handle more. You are absolutely right, it’s like reading my own life story, compiled in different essays. I avoided it the whole weekend, but I was able to pick it back up today and could not put it down. I am about ½ way through and the pages are full of highlights and dots of all the parallels. It is mind boggling, how much you have heard in therapy from others. I know I am in the right hands with you."
"I am a private person but I do not know how to review this book without giving you some of my background history. I've been married 11 years to a Narcissist and filed for divorce a few months ago. It took me a very long time to realize what I was married to and it was my mom who suggested that my husband was a narcissist. I did the research and sought out the advice of a professional therapist; once confirmed I knew what I had to do. What I didn't know was how to handle it. Leaving my husband and filing for divorce is by far the hardest decision I've ever had to make and I still question myself whether I made the right decision on leaving; after reading this I know I made the right choice. This by far is the best and most readable and relatable information I have found. With the stories, checklists, and questions I have a better understanding why my Ex is the way he is and that this is not my fault that he is sick. I understand how I was pulled into this relationship and that I am not alone. In fact, there are people out there worse off than I am. I thank God I never had children and for the support groups I have within my friends, family, co-workers. There are many tips on how to cope, how to prepare for the divorce if one is single or has children and many tips for moving on – especially if there are children involved. I am now better prepared for what I am facing and I am so grateful for this book. It has touched my life in ways no-one can understand; it has made me cry, it has made me feel powerful and it has made me feel that I can do this."
- B.H. Anonymous Reader