According to lore, a vampire cannot enter your home without an invitation. Putting a spiritual spin on this well-known rule, Claudia Cunningham presents a powerful strategy for dealing with freeloading friends, suffocating spouses, harmful habits, and other "vampires" who drain your heart, mind, and spirit.
This engaging and indispensable guide—based on spiritual principles the author used to overcome dependency—teaches you how to cope effectively with toxic relationships and beliefs. Cunningham features excerpts from her "Ask the Slayer" column and personal anecdotes illustrating how she vanquished her own vampires. Learn how to take responsibility for your life, establish strong boundaries, and arm yourself with an arsenal of self-knowledge and confidence. With the incisive wisdom in Biting Back, you'll be equipped to defeat any Draculas you encounter.
"Biting Back takes a compelling look at self-care, setting boundaries, and protecting ourselves from friends, loved ones, enemies, and sometimes even ourselves. Written in a page-turning and warm style, Claudia's refreshing addition to the self-help shelves offers empowering solutions to effectively remind us to stop inviting trouble into our homes and souls."—Melody Beattie, New York Times bestselling author of Co-Dependent No More
"Maybe Claudia Cunningham has identified the underside of America's infatuation with fictional vampires. It's that so many of us host emotional vampires: people who drain us, demean us, and demoralize us, and almost always with our permission. These vampires aren't sexy, they're deadly, and Cunningham offers funny, practical support for biting back—directly and effectively—and holding on to light, love, and gratitude, like garlic, to keep them away permanently."—Joan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief of Salon.com
"Move over Buffy, there's a new slayer in town! Cunningham's funny and honest primer is a must-read for anyone tired of hosting their own personal blood suckers."—Jaye Wells, author of the Sabina Kane Urban Fantasy Series
"A serious how-to with solid advice for pinpointing saboteurs and removing them from our lives forever."—New Age Retailer