Bye, Bye, Mr. Malicious! How to Get Your Happy Back and be Done with Narcissists and Sociopaths, written and illustrated by Kanta Bosniak Book Description: Whether it ended yesterday, or twenty years ago, and you’re still feeling the sting, this book will help you get your happy back after a relationship with a narcissist. With a more comprehensive red flags list than you’ll see anywhere else, it will help you recognize malicious men, so you can avoid them. A non-clinical mind/body/spirit approach, with colorful images and humor.
My review: This book is brilliant, empathetic and relatable! Once you read it you are "woke" and can identify, heal and say Bye Bye to your own Mr. Malicious. I seriously could not believe or be prepared for the emotional ride this book took me on! Never before have I so, felt like I was reading my own story until starting this book. And I am 100% sure that everyone has had their own Malicious Mr or Ms in their own lives. These people slink into our lives most times like a wolf in sheep's clothing. Weaving a web that we erroneously believe in and submit to. Of course by the time we realize we are caught! We struggle to detach ourselves and if we do escape we bear battle scars on our hearts and sometimes our skin. However painful the situation was and the crosses it leaves us to carry we still have to and need to heal. Kanta helps facilitate this process and reminds us of ever so important truths! We are brave, we are strong, we can heal and we deserve to heal.
My Interview with Kanta:
Maggie: I’ve reviewed several of your previous books and you know I adore your writing. I was excited to see this one come out, because I thought the subject matter was fantastic. By the time I was halfway through I was just wowed, because the way you presented the stories of the women you interviewed really shed light on the pattern these guys follow. I think it’s important for women to know they’re not alone, understand that it’s not their fault they were fooled by these expert manipulators, and to have a gentle path for healing and empowerment. You’ve done an awesome job, Kanta. I recognized some familiar threads that weave through Bye, Bye, Mr. Malicious! that I’ve enjoyed in your other books. Two that immediately stand out are compassion and humor.
Kanta: What could be more important for women who want to get their happy back, right? Misters Malicious take themselves so seriously. There’s a kind of instant surge of returning power that happens when you begin to see the falseness of the mystique they try so hard to build and maintain. It’s funny and it’s sad at the same time, because these are men who want love, but can neither give it nor receive it. It’s exhausting for the woman in such a relationship, because it triggers the desire to fix or heal, and that never happens. Once she gets that, she can detach and move forward.
Maggie: I like the process you set up. And I like that you give the reader lots of opportunities to rest, ground, and shift gears as she moves through the step-by-step process, and that each step follows in a kind of organic, intuitive, and yet logical flow.
Kanta: Thanks, Maggie. Eleven years ago, I began to write about this process of navigating change effectively. It wasn’t so much that I invented it as that I observed and articulated a natural process that happens if you face a challenge with self-love and trust that you’ll get through it. It was what I was already doing, because it worked for me. And it was even what I had been suggesting as a spiritual coach. I just hadn’t, until that time, really mapped it out as a whole soup-to-nuts process. I wrote about it, naming it The Becoming Process and published a short, simple pocket guide. And as far as the “opportunities to shift gears and rest” you mentioned. Yes, that’s the key to any successful change, because you can’t just do the hard stuff all the time. That’s too exhausting. Fun is not a luxury; it’s a necessity! Sure, to make change you’ve got to face it and move through it, but it works much better when you keep taking the time to shift your state by doing the things that bring you joy. Really, this is some of the most important work we can do in human life: learn to master our instrument, the mind/body by refocusing our thoughts, regrooving our habitual feeling-state, and finding the tools to reliably do this. I call these positive anchors, or state-shifting tools “abundance triggers.” And because it’s so important for people to get proficient in self-awareness, self-soothing, and to build a toolbox for habituating happiness, I wrote a kind of little kids’ edition of my book Abundance Triggers, which teaches children these same skills called Welcome to the World! Bye, Bye Mr. Malicious! brings these techniques together and applies them to help women get their happiness and power back after dealing with a malignant narcissist type man…even if this relationship (or relationships) happened in the distant past. It’s not only about getting out of the bad relationship, but also about getting the bad relationship out of you. The goal of a Mr. Malicious type person is to destroy your confidence, your peace, and your sense of stability. In other words, to trigger your own worst fears about yourself and life. In so doing, he invokes and activates your own Inner Bully, the part that tells you you’re not worthy of love. So getting your happy back involves ending relationships like this, of course. But it also includes building self-love, trust in yourself, and the confidence to set and enforce boundaries, as well as giving yourself permission to do the things you love to do. It can be tough to do this work, but the rewards are well worth it, and it can be made much more enjoyable to move through the process when you take frequent breaks for fun and relaxation. For women who are still involved with a controlling man and who want to get out of the relationship, or women who experienced early life abuse, I suggest using the book as a complementary resource while they work with a woman counselor, especially one who is trained to support women in healing these issues.
Maggie: It’s certainly a timely book, with the upsurge of public awareness of what women have faced in terms of harassment and control, the #metoo and #timesup movements, and the women’s marches.
Kanta: Yes, for sure! And I think it’s time to connect the dots between misogynistic men who abuse power in the workplace, in societal structures, in organizations, and in the home. The funny thing is, I began research on this topic eight years ago. I had no idea where we’d be as a culture when the book came out. I only knew it was time to find balance and wholeness for both men and women. Time for women to claim their backbone and men to claim their empathy. This is what it’s going to take to build healthier and more harmonious partnerships between men and women, to build more nurturing families, and to raise boys and girls to cooperate and support each others’ full potential. Clearly, it is time. And it feels like a privilege to be here at this societal turning point when so many women and men of goodwill are working together to make this happen.
Maggie: Thanks, Kanta.
Kanta: Thank you, Maggie. It was a pleasure.
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About the Author:
Kanta Bosniak is an author, artist, and interfaith minister with over 45 years’ experience as an educator in Spiritual Growth and Guided Meditation. She is the author/illustrator of numerous books and coloring books, and the author/narrator of several guided imagery downloads. Collectors of her art include a Nobel Prize Winner, a popular television actress, several authors, a U.S. National champion athlete and people of all walks of life. She is a frequent speaker on radio, at churches, universities, holistic education centers, and conferences throughout the US. She is an award-winning member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. Kanta lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. You can find Kanta online at the following links: Web: http://KantaBosniak.com
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