If Only I'd Known: How to Outsmart Narcissists, Set Guilt-Free Boundaries, and Create Unshakeable Self-Worth


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Portwell Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.64 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author

Chelsey Brooke Cole is a licensed psychotherapist, coach, speaker, and author specializing in narcissistic abuse and relationship trauma. Chelsey speaks at universities, corporate events, and counseling conferences to increase awareness and understanding about narcissists, betrayal trauma, and trauma-informed care. Chelsey's content provides support to thousands of narcissistic abuse survivors each day through her thriving online community. Learn more about working with Chelsey or her support resources at www.chelseybrookecole.com


"Encountering narcissists is inevitable; letting them get the best of you is optional. Chelsey helps you understand what narcissism really is, how to heal when you've been hurt, and what you need to have healthier relationships in the future. This book feels like coffee with a compassionate friend combined with therapy by a wise and experienced counselor. Get a copy for yourself and everyone in your life you want to protect!" -Holley Gerth, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Powerful Purpose of Introverts

"If you're a quiet overthinker with a kind heart who struggles to set healthy boundaries, then you can be taken advantage of by a narcissist. Your caring heart and willingness to see the good in people are gifts that need protection. To protect yourself from toxic people, you need to do two things: educate yourself on narcissists, and set authentic, sustainable boundaries. And that's exactly what Chelsey teaches you to do. Any introvert who's experienced narcissistic abuse or toxic relationships needs to read this book." -Matthew Pollard, bestselling author of The Introvert's Edge series

"Chelsey Cole's book on narcissistic abuse is an exceptional and empathetic guide, offering deep insights and compassion for those on a journey of understanding and healing. With a profound understanding of the subject matter and personal experiences to draw from, Cole's perspective is both enlightening and empowering. The author effortlessly breaks down complex concepts, making them accessible and relatable to survivors who are grappling with the aftermath of narcissistic abuse. For anyone in search of clarity, healing, and a renewed sense of hope, this book is an absolute must-read." -Tracy Malone, author, founder of NarcissistAbuseSupport.com, International Coach, and Speaker

"If you've ever been touched by a toxic workplace, tyrannical boss, or undermining colleague, you need this book. With clinical expertise, relatable stories, and fresh insights, Chelsey helps us all recognize, recover, and resist narcissistic individuals at every level." -Dorie Clark, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Long Game and executive education faculty, Columbia Business School

"If you've ever struggled to understand how narcissists think or why they do what they do, you need this book! Chelsey provides a fresh, down-to-earth explanation that will quiet your criticisms and confusion, and provide clarity and calm once and for all." -Dr. Ivan Misner, NY Times Bestselling Author

"After narcissistic abuse, you feel like you've lost yourself. You're overwhelmed, broken, and shattered. This book will help you put yourself back together, piece by piece. Chelsey provides compassion, insight, and guidance on every page. Readers will feel like they have a true friend walking alongside them every step of the way." -Jenn Granneman, Founder of IntrovertDear.com and co-author of SENSITIVE

"Have you ever ignored your gut feeling about someone, only later to find out that you were right all along? I learned from Chelsey that tuning in to your body's cues for safety and danger shields you from narcissists. I'm grateful that she devotes a chapter to understanding your body's mental, emotional, behavioral, and physiological warning signs. Like Chelsey says, 'You can't overthink a gut feeling!'" -Nancy Ancowitz, Career Advancement Coach and Author, Self-Promotion for Introverts(R)