The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships

Written by:
Patrick Carnes Phd
Narrated by:
Paul Costanzo

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2017
6 hours 57 minutes
Exploitive relationships can create trauma bonds-chains that link a victim to someone who is dangerous to them. Divorce, employee relations, litigation of any type, incest and child abuse, family and marital systems, domestic violence, hostage negotiations, kidnapping, professional exploitation and religious abuse are all areas of trauma bonding. All these relationships share one thing: they are situations of incredible intensity or importance where there is an exploitation of trust or power.

In The Betrayal Bond Patrick Carnes presents an in-depth study of these relationships, why they form, who is most susceptible, and how they become so powerful. He shows how to recognize when traumatic bonding has occurred and gives a checklist for examining relationships. He then provides steps to safely extricate from these relationships.

This is a book you will turn to again and again for inspiration and insight, while professionals will find it an invaluable reference work.
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Carol McDonald


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I enjoy self help and psychology books, but this book was too graphic for me. When the first story was explained in Chapter 1, I had to stop listening. I think because these situations are about real people.

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