The Girl's Guide to Predators

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Macmillan Publishers Aus., Sep 1, 2010 - Self-Help - 308 pages

Have you ever dated a predator, a narcissist or a liar? If these characteristics sound at all familiar, chances are that you have:

-He is adamant everyone get onside, helping him get where he wants to go, yet he seldom feels gratitude or expresses appreciation

-He blames all his mistakes or failures on other people, hangs on to resentments and is highly critical of others

-He exhibits no empathy, is deceitful and manipulative, and displays only shallow emotions

Psychologists estimate that all women will be put in harm's way, in one form or another, by a predator during their lifetime. At their most extreme, the predator is a sociopath who lures woman into psychologically-damaging relationships that are almost impossible to walk away from safely. More common is the garden-variety narcissist or the man with anti-social personality disorder. Then there are the stalkers...

After her own terrifying experience, Alison Summers has created The Girl's Guide to Predators. It is everything you need to know about the predatory man. With countless case studies and real-life examples, and based on years of research, this is the guidebook that no girl can afford not to read.

 

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Contents

I N T R O D U C T I O N what is a predator ?
1
CHAPTER ONE THE PREDATOR UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
13
CHAPTER TWO THE PSYCHOPATH AS LIAR
39
CHAPTER THREE Fakes Con Artists and impostors
61
NARCISSISM
97
CHAPTER FIVE YOUNG PREDATORS
125
CHAPTER SIX WORKPLACE PREDATORS
141
CHAPTER SEVEN SEX PREDATORS
157
CHAPTER EIGHT DOMESTIC PREDATORS
211
CHAPTER NINE STALKERS
261
EPILOGUE IN CONCLUSION
301
Select Bibliography
305
Acknowledgements
309
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About the author (2010)

Alison Summers was born in Perth, and moved to Canberra with her family when she was ten. She graduated from the ANU with a degree in English Literature, and followed this with an MA (English) then a PhD (Drama) at the University of Toronto. During the six years she lived in Toronto, she began directing theatre, as well as embarking on a freelance journalism career. On her return to Australia she continued to work as a journalist, and also started a full-time career in theatre. She has been the literary manager of the Nimrod Theatre, a full-time script assessor for the Australian Film Commission, as well as a freelance script editor and the artistic director for Toe Truck Theatre.

In December 1989, she moved with her family to New York City and continued to work in theatre, including writing and directing the play, Punch Me in the Stomach, to critical acclaim. Soon after she became New Director of the year at the New York Theatre Workshop, and was lucky enough to spend ten years directing over 40 other productions in New York City.

Over 25 years, Alison has also worked as an editor for authors including Peter Carey, Kristin Williamson, Ruby Wax and Kathy Lette.

After a divorce, Alison pulled back from full-time work to be a stay-at-home mum for her two wonderful boys in Brooklyn. She started to write this book in 2007.

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