• Transcending Post-Infidelity Stress Disorder

  • The Six Stages of Healing
  • By: Dennis C. Ortman PhD
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The phrase "broken heart" belies the real trauma behind the all-too-common occurrence of infidelity. Psychologist Dennis Ortman likens the psychological aftermath of sexual betrayal to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in its origin and symptoms, including anxiety, irritability, rage, emotional numbing, and flashbacks. Using PTSD treatment as a model, Dr. Ortman will show you, step by step, how to:

  • Work through conflicting emotions
  • Understand yourself and your partner
  • Make important life decisions

Dr. Ortman sees recovery as a spiritual journey and draws on the wisdom of diverse faiths, from Christianity to Buddhism. He also offers exercises to deepen recovery, such as guided meditations and journaling, and explores heart-wrenchingly familiar case studies of couples struggling with monogamy. By the end of this book, you will have completed the six stages of healing and emerged with a whole heart, a full spirit, and the freedom to love again.

©2009 Dennis Ortman (P)2017 Tantor

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Religious Slant Takes Away from Seriousness

People suffering from something like being on the receiving end of infidelity (which is completely and totally devastating) do not want to hear some Buddhist monk nonsense. Not are Bible verses appropriate. And yes, I agree with other reviewers the fact that this author was a cheater is a total turn-off. This book is out your forgiving the one who turned your life completely upside down. Naturally the author fixates on that having been one himself.

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Probably better in print

This book has a lot of numbered lists, and some of these bullets are very long. It is very easy to lose your place in the lists, and very difficult to navigate the list for reference. It just doesn’t lend well to an audiobook.

The book is read in a very monotonous tone.

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Life Changing!

Very helpful during this trying time. While, I am a single person, infidelity is indiscriminate and certainly impacted my life recently. Thanks for writing this book. It will definitely help me moving forward.

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Yiiikes

Lost me at "much like the Jewish people that can't forget the holocaust.."
Otherwise trite, predictable, sexist, and not healthy or worth time.

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Read the Bible instead?

This book fell flat for me at a time where I really wanted to learn some coping skills for post-infidelity living. The author seemed to believe that he was a transcendent monk and really wanted to just quote the Bible. Useless for an agnostic like me.

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A Must Read!

Narration was excellent; I wept & laughed; highly recommend to everyone! Thank you for this

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Good food for thought.

Some religious references but not specific to any one religion. Helped with the process and reflection on myself. Also so good ways to ease my emotions.

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This Book Was My Saving Grace

Nearly 4 months in and it still hurts and I'm angry a lot. This book has allowed me to recognize this is normal and to have lots of grace with myself. This book has broken down so many feelings I'm experiencing and ones I wasn't even aware of. There were moments I would be bawling my eyes out while listening, but it felt like crying yourself out to a friend. I never felt blamed. I never felt judged. I felt heard. I'm still on the path towards forgiveness and healing but I feel like this book has helped me understand what that path will be like in a realistic manner so that I don't keep beating myself up for not getting to the end goal fast enough.

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Very very helpful !

I thought I was going crazy! But after starting reading this book, everything made sense. I am still on the recovery process, but it has been easier.

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great book, helped on multiple fronts

Helped me reflect on myself as a man, wife the wife that had the affair. Also, to identify faults of myself a the child of alcoholic parents. Buy a hard copy to reflect on as well.

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