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Smart, Successful, and Abused

The Unspoken Problem of Domestic Violence and High-Achieving Women

Angela Mailis

178 pages
Sutherland House Inc

Understanding the complex psychology behind the problem of
powerful, brilliant women who endure domestic abuse

"If you are educated, intelligent and strong in other areas of your life, it's hard to imagine that you are a victim, but it happens. Dr. Mailis brings the intimacy and empathy of her own experiences together with her professional insights to empower women and jump-start a much-needed dialogue." - JANE FRANCISCO, editor-in-chief, Good Housekeeping

In 2016, neuroscientist Angela Mailis, a world-renowned expert on chronic pain management, was brought face to face with domestic violence when an accomplished colleague was murdered by her equally accomplished husband. It was familiar territory for Dr. Mailis, who herself had been involved in an emotionally abusive relationship for twenty-seven years. She immediately redirected her research towards what is perhaps the most puzzling form of domestic violence: the abuse endured by high-achieving women who to all appearances have everything required to stand up for themselves.

These victims spend their days as the powerhouses of boardrooms, universities, clinics, and law courts. They have educations, talent, resourcefulness, and financial competence. Yet they allow themselves to be mentally dominated and emotionally and/or physically beaten by the men in their lives. How does it happen? What can be done about it?

Smart, Successful & Abused is the result of Dr. Mailis' search for answers to these questions, a search that has taken her to the frontiers of medical research, into the homes and offices of successful career women caught in violent relationships, and deep into her own experience as an abused spouse. Her conclusions and advice will help entrapped women recognize and deflate the delusions that prevent them from acting in their best interests.

Author Bio

Dr. Angela Mailis is an award-winning specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and a world-renowned expert in chronic pain. She is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She was founder and director of the Comprehensive Pain Program at Toronto Western Hospital (1982-2015), and has been founder and director of the Pain & Wellness Centre in Vaughan since 2014. Dr. Mailis has lectured around the world, published widely in scientific journals, and is the author of Beyond Pain (2003). A mother of two, she is happily remarried, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and rides a Harley in her spare time.