- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Taylor & Francis Ltd (10. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1782200525
- ISBN-13: 978-1782200529
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,9 x 22,2 cm
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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
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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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Thank you, Barbara.
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.