About Me

Kristen Milstead has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma and is passionate about using social science in creative ways to help individuals with a history of trauma overcome limiting beliefs imposed on them by others. She currently serves as an academic member of the Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education and maintains a popular website for narcissistic abuse survivors, Fairy Tale Shadows. Her writing and research have appeared in PsychCentral, HealthyPlace, and Your Tango.

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Why Can’t I Just Leave?

A Guide to Waking Up and Walking Out of a Pathological Love Relationship

More than 60 million people have been in a pathological love relationship with someone who has an impaired conscience. Are you one of them?

• Do you feel fiercely loyal toward your partner although your partner has put you through unspeakable acts of cruelty and betrayal?

• Has your partner lied so much that sometimes you aren’t sure you know what’s real or who your partner really is?

• Have you tried to break off the relationship yet feel powerless to stop your partner from walking in and out of your life?

• Do you alternate between believing that your partner is the love of your life and questioning your sanity or even feeling your life may be in danger?

Using the stories of survivors and social psychological research on compliance, cognitive dissonance, and thought control, Why Can’t I Just Leave? explains how relationships with pathological partners can create impossible dilemmas that trap you in a distorted dream-state and hijack your thoughts and emotions.

Learn what those who are conscience-impaired don’t want you to know and find out how to wake up and walk out of your partner’s invisible prison forever.

Kristen Milstead-3D Cover

Why Can’t I Just Leave?

A Guide to Waking Up and Walking Out of a Pathological Love Relationship

More than 60 million people have been in a pathological love relationship with someone who has an impaired conscience. Are you one of them?

• Do you feel fiercely loyal toward your partner although your partner has put you through unspeakable acts of cruelty and betrayal?

• Has your partner lied so much that sometimes you aren’t sure you know what’s real or who your partner really is?

• Have you tried to break off the relationship yet feel powerless to stop your partner from walking in and out of your life?

• Do you alternate between believing that your partner is the love of your life and questioning your sanity or even feeling your life may be in danger?

Using the stories of survivors and social psychological research on compliance, cognitive dissonance, and thought control, Why Can’t I Just Leave? explains how relationships with pathological partners can create impossible dilemmas that trap you in a distorted dream-state and hijack your thoughts and emotions.

Learn what those who are conscience-impaired don’t want you to know and find out how to wake up and walk out of your partner’s invisible prison forever.

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