Marie-France Hirigoyen, Biography
It is said that Marie-France Hirigoyen’s book published in 1998 on harassment is what led to and started the debate in France on this issue, which led to a law on workplace psychological harassment in 2001.
Psychiatrist Marie-France Hirigoyen studied in medicine at Bordeaux, ethnologie with option ethnopsychiatrie, became a doctor in 1978 and specialized in psychiatry.
In 1994 she received another diploma on victimology from the University of Washington D.C.. In 1995 she received another diploma from the University of Rene Descartes Paris V. memoire called “La Destruction morale, les victims des pervers narcissique”.
Formation à l'ESCP : Stege Diriger-Motiver ESCP-EAP avec Nicole Aubert en 2000-2001 and gives class on victimology at the University of Paris Descartes.
Marie-France Hirigoyen does research on psychological violence and has published books since 1998 one being “Le harcèlement moral, la violence perverse au quotidian” that sold 450 000 copies and was translated in 24 languages.
In 1999 she participated in creating a law against workplace harassment which led to the law on harcelement moral on January 11, 2001. It is said that her published book on harassment is what led to and started the debate in France.
She was consulted for similar laws on workplace psychological harassment in Belgium and Quebec, frequently participates with the European Parliament, European Council, and European Commission on the issue of harassment and sexual harassment.
Marie-France published other books in 2001, 2005, and 2007.
• Le harcèlement Moral, la violence perverse au quotidien. Syros, Paris, 1998, et en poche aux éditions Pocket, 2000. Traduit en 26 langues ; publié à 450 000 exemplaires en langue française.
• Malaise dans le travail, harcèlement moral, démêler le vrai du faux. Syros, Paris, 2001 et en 2002 aux éditions Pocket.
• Femmes sous emprise, les ressorts de la violence dans le couple. Oh édition, Paris, 2005. puis aux éditions Pocket.
• Les nouvelles solitudes. La découverte, Paris, 2007
"Often, emotional abuse builds over a long period of time until it becomes so unbearable that victims lash out in frustration and anger, only to appear unstable and aggressive themselves. This, according to Hirigoyen, is the intent of many abusers: to systematically "destabilize" and confuse their victims (with irrational, threatening behavior that preys on the victim's fears and self-doubts), to isolate and control them and ultimately to destroy their identity."
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From Publishers Weekly
Claiming that emotionally abusive relationships are widespread in marriages, families and the workplace, French psychotherapist Hirigoyen illuminates the subtle, insidious relationship that "emotional abusers" and their "victims" evolve. While recognizing that the "clean violence" of an emotional abuserAwho as a "natural manipulator" often attracts others with a dynamic, winning styleAis hard to prove, she aims to enable those who are being abused to recognize what's going on and get help, and to alert her fellow therapists to the danger signs. Often, emotional abuse builds over a long period of time until it becomes so unbearable that victims lash out in frustration and anger, only to appear unstable and aggressive themselves. This, according to Hirigoyen, is the intent of many abusers: to systematically "destabilize" and confuse their victims (with irrational, threatening behavior that preys on the victim's fears and self-doubts), to isolate and control them and ultimately to destroy their identity. These relentless "predators" are also incapable of compassion or empathy, always blame the victim and never see their actions as wrong. Already a bestseller in France, this clearly written and compassionate book offers sensible advice (get support and leave the relationship if the abuse is personal; take legal action if it is professional), though it may not be easy to execute in every case. A smooth translation, combined with a foreword by Thomas Moore and a jacket blurb from Alice Miller, should help this book find a niche readership of thoughtful self-help readers and therapists. (Nov.)
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Emotional abuse exists all around us—in families and work. Stalking the Soul is a call to recognize and understand emotional abuse and, most importantly, overcome it. Sophisticated and accessible, it is vital reading for victims and health professionals.