Losing Your Mind to Hate and Learning the Way Out


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Viktor Frankl was an amazing man who changed the therapy profession. I wrote about Frankl and logotherapy in my book in a section called Dark Days, Dangerous Actions: I Am Taken By Surprise

There is no reason or need for abuse in a divorce. Food, shelter, and health care are all related to money which is used as control for basic needs. I do not trivialize my pain, my son’s, or that of others when I encourage humor as a survival tool. People survive depersonalization through a strong sense of self which is a place from which humor springs. It is the ability to put in perspective what is going on and rise above it.

One woman I interviewed is so compelling in her continued fight against a wealthy abuser spouse, (and as I see her move from mansion to office building, clutching at the law in hopes that one part somewhere, may work for her) I stand in awe at the human spirit.

Many therapies developed post World War II are based on the ultimate depersonalization: Nazi death camps. Psychiatrist Victor Frankl found in the death camps an existential affirmation of life was the only workable response to extreme conditions.  Afraid of homelessness, poverty, afraid my son or myself was going to die, I felt the horror of extreme conditions on an individual basis. I had done nothing wrong, but I was being brought down. I asked for food money and medical care and had the door shoved in my face. So did my 14 year old who ran  screaming through the streets when his father refused to give him food. 

Frankl’s “logotherapy” was based on lesson from Auschwitz and brought into the realm of everyday therapy – the creating of meaning for survival. Following him were Bruno Bettelheim and others such as Terrence Des Pres who claimed that survivors refuse to define themselves as victims and their “refusal to be determined by forces external to themselves” is critical
to their survival.

What I saw happening in the divorce industry was a failure of the society to monitor itself – societal values we cherish and expect evaporated. I remember waking one morning and not wanting to live in a world where children were deprived of food, mothers were “taught lessons” and forced to listen to threats of their welfare because they were the enemy in a war they didn’t know existed.
I was seeing depersonalization…

If you can handle it, or want to know how we survived, and became happy and won , you have to wade through traumas and pain and lessons and tactics and strategy that works.  You can find it in my book. But it isn’t for everyone. Only if you want winning with a side of insight forged in pain. see here for pdf version DIVORCE and LAWYERS   

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Ann Bradley


  1. I am so thankful i stumbled across your site. I am heading to my first RO hearing after my rage-induced EX fiancee physically attacked me and smashed the windshield of my car. His attorney is wanting to “work this out” in a settlement before, but his spin is that it was a drunken brawl between lovers and I attacked my mate! I am concerned, as I have experienced “justice” in small claims court. How do I word my settlement proposal in a way that has legal teeth that force results I want. And how can I prepare myself for court, if my attorney may just want to push this through the system, no matter the outcome? I live in the bay area.

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  2. I just read the description of what your book is all about and what it offers which it implies you wrote that yourself. Call me a cynic, but it has the undertones of ‘attorney’ all over it. I don’t know what you did before you ‘wrote’ this book, but I doubt you were a penniless, almost if not homeless mom with a son, living with barely nothing like many of the people who read this review, are. I’m certain that with all the people out here needing desperately the guidance your book offers, have thirty bucks to shell out for something that isn’t a guarantee to end their misery. If this were legit, many would think that you would find just cause to give this information free of charge. What?! No financial gain for helping people at their lowest, most vulnerable time of their lives???? Seems what you have learned through your ‘divorce’, is to make money off other people’s hopes. So, now you feel it necessary to be on the list of ‘takers’, just another way to chip at what little the victims have and not feel guilty because you say if they listen to you and do as you say, they will win. If they lose, then it has nothing to do with you, because they didn’t do as you recommend, as you walk into the sunset with thirty of their bucks, times how many I wonder bought this book. A hundred, five, maybe a thousand?

    • You think I am an attorney? Nope. Not now and never have been. I do like reading and researching and case law was easy for me and figuring out strategy was interesting. The days of poverty were way too real, nothing fabricated there. And your point is noted that you think an author should give away her work. In fact, I have at times given consultations for free, written bar complaints for free and given away the book and more. But the end result of giving everything away is that I would depend on your tax dollars to feed and clothe and house me.

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