Regardless of the kind of abuse we have experienced, the central damage to an abused person takes predicable forms. The core issues almost always include the creation of a distorted image of the self. One way of thinking about recovery is that it is the process of undistorting these distortions.
Seeing Ourselves More Clearly by Juanita Ryan
The Good Self: Some Theological Perspectives by Ray Anderson
Recovery from Distorted Images of Self (Bible studies by Dale and Juanita Ryan)