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'This is a fascinating book. Barbara Dowds has a fertile, creative intelligence, which makes unexpected connections between the scientific and the spiritual, culture, and therapy. Her starting point is a masterful integration of the energy systems of the body with developmental neuroscience and attachment theory. This book really is an unusual and welcome addition to the understanding of attachment and human well-being. I enjoyed it very much.'- Sue Gerhardt, author of Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain'Barbara Dowds' profound and readable meditation on therapeutic movement from anomie to a meaning-infused life is an integrative triumph, drawing on attachment theory, psychodynamics, body therapies, literature, neuroscience, and psychodrama. These pearls of theory are seamlessly threaded around her fictional heroine, Brenda (the name evokes authorial overtones), an everywoman with whose travails the reader, therapist, or client - or both - can readily identify. This breath of fresh air will raise the spirits and widen the horizons of therapists wishing to escape the longueurs of conventional psycho-scripture.' - Professor Jeremy Holmes MD, FRCPsych, University of Exeter, UK

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Barbara Dowds, PhD, is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist in the Dublin area. She teaches on the BSc in counselling and psychotherapy and is director of the MA in integrative psychotherapy in the Personal Counselling Institute (PCI College). For seven years she was on the editorial board of the Irish psychotherapy journal, 'Eisteach'. Barbara was a senior lecturer in molecular genetics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, until 2002 when she changed careers and began practising as a psychotherapist.

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HASH(0x98126174) von 5 Sternen Beyond the Frustrated Self: A Book for Every (Wo)Man. 11. November 2014
Von Ann Burnell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book gives a novel insight into the tribulations of human living as experienced by its central character Brenda. It is not a prescriptive self-help book, but by exploring the existential problems of one introverted, self-critical individual whose inner world is bleak, fragile and soulless, and by charting her therapeutic journey towards building a strong, resilient ego, we gain insights into our own lives and relationships. Several chapters describe aspects of Brenda that are frustrated. Brenda’s need for solitude, time and space; her lack of trust in others; her boredom and lack of spontaneity; her tendency towards low moods and depression and her struggle for recognition and respect in a white male middle-class work arena. These chapters also chart Brenda’s progress towards solutions for her specific problems, as well as providing theoretical input and insights from philosophy and literature.

Brenda's emotional state is a classic example of insecure avoidant attachment. Insecurely attached children are the product of neglectful or rejecting parents. From early-on they have learned that they cannot trust human relationships. To avoid further rejection these children hide their anxieties and emotional needs and try to become independent and self-sufficient. As they grow up this coping strategy frequently causes difficulties for them in social engagement, forming relationships and enjoying life. The author points out that our western work-culture, where status is based on individual achievement, or visibility or “presence”, is also a cause of alienation. When individuals feel that others are indifferent or threatening to them, they can become absorbed largely in themselves – seeking celebrity status or pseudo-collectivism (by identifying with a particular pop culture, football team, radical or nationalist group, or other cult) in attempts to prop up a weak sense of personal identity.

Brenda enjoys reading George Eliot, Dickens and other realist fiction authors. She is repelled by modern and postmodern fiction, even though she is essentially a postmodern character. The differences between modernist and postmodernist identities are lucidly discussed by the author with reference to a range of novels, including Mrs Dalloway and The Waves (Woolf); Metamorphosis (Kafka); The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Kundera)… Dr. Dowds concludes that “we live in an age of fragmentation, lability, alienation from ourselves and others and id acting out. To counter this the self needs to become more solid and integrated, and more embedded in society” The last two chapters in the book explore ways of achieving integration and wellbeing. In this context, the author reminds us that in neurological terms our brains are plastic. Neuronal networks are formed and pruned according to our interactions with stimuli in our social, physical and emotional surroundings. “We become what we do”, she tells us. Thus when we observe the rites of passage and rhythms of living with gratitude and responsible concern, we reach out to the world and reconnect with life.

Beyond the Frustrated Self will be of particular interest to professional therapists, but it is also a treasure trove for the general reader. I wish that I was aware of attachment theory when I was a young parent! This is a book that benefits from reading and re-reading, because of its diversity and depth. The bibliography is also a rich resource for further reading. I have already purchased several of the books referenced by Dr. Dowds. I recommend Beyond the Frustrated Self as a powerful companion, inspiration and resource on life’s journey – it is indeed a book for Every (Wo)man.
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HASH(0x98126954) von 5 Sternen superb book. 4. Juni 2014
Von maura colleary - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Barbara Dowds book is a unique and wide ranging account of psychological and spiritual development and maturation. Though very thorough in its scholarship it is very readable and accessible to all, therapists or non therapists. I liked its very authentic note, suggesting it is based very much on person al experience. . A great read for anyone remotely interested in the deeper questions of life.
HASH(0x981290a8) von 5 Sternen A rare book. 30. April 2016
Von Manny - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I purchased this book after watching the youtube video, "Existential Consequences of Avoidant Attachment" in my never-ending quest to understand myself and some of my lasting and recurring life-problems. Discovering attachment theory was a revelation (even though it did not capture everything), so I was eager to read more, especially from someone who was clearly educated and intelligent and who took a thoughtful and philosophical look into avoidant attachment and its consequences. Beyond the Frustrated Self definitely illuminated many aspects of my own personality and being, and I enjoyed Dr. Dowds commentary even when it did not directly relate the overall theme of the book. Dr. Dowds is clearly a brilliant individual, and though our lives are quite different in some ways, I repeatedly saw myself in her and Brenda's stories. One of the worst consequences of avoidant attachment and especially developmental trauma is knowing how messed up you are and all the things you've missed out on in life because of the hand you were dealt. As someone who discovered his issues early in life relative to most, it was so beneficial and reassuring to know other people have overcome similar issues and gone on to live happy and fulfilling lives even if they didn't start working on their issues until middle age. I would recommend this book to anyone with an avoidant attachment style or who wants a better understanding of life with and avoidant attachment style.

Thank you, Barbara.
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