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Emotional Claustrophobia: Getting Over Your Fear of Being Engulfed by People or Situations [Paperback]

Aphrodite Matsakis


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Book Description

31 Dec 2000
A vital self-help guide to managing emotional engulfment - "Authentic and highly readable, this groundbreaking book is a stimulating and practical guide to the difficult journey from traumatic isolation and aloneness to meaning and human intimacy." - on Trust After Trauma, Erwin Randolph Parson, editor-in-chief of Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - In both professional and personal lives, learn to confront your fear directly, eliminate or manage emotional claustrophobia, and gain control over your life - From bestselling author of Trust after Trauma, I Can't Get Over It, Compulsive Eaters and Relationships, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: You finally meet the perfect person: someone right for you, in every way. But the closer you get, the more suffocated and trapped you feel. The same dynamic may occur in professional lives. The thought of taking on a new project or a new responsibility feels like it will somehow swallow you up, and you end up avoiding interactions with supervisors and colleagues. The emotional claustrophobia, or fear of engulfment, that underlies situations like these is not a psychiatric diagnosis, but it can pose a formidable drain on time, energy and emotions. This self-help book will guide you through the fog to regain control of your life once more.

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (31 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572242116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572242111
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D. conducts a private psychotherapy practice specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder and childhood trauma. She is the author of I Can't Get Over It, When the Bough Breaks, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Claustrophobia Provides Explanations for Behavior 29 Oct 2000
By Vanessa N. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Emotional Claustrophia has taken on the challenge of explaining various experiences of 'suffocation' and similar fears in every day life by linking current experiences with past ones. Drawing on a wide variety of experiences, primarily but not exclusively with relationships, the author tries to show how and why these negative reactions occur and how her readers might address them. To the book's credit, the author touches on a very diverse group of situations which seem to share some common themes. Where she may fall down is in not exploring each area in sufficient depth. For example, she raises some tantalizing questions about relationships one might have had with controlling organizations but doesn't go far enough in explaining how these groups experiences might lead to claustrophobic reactions in later life. Where the book excels is in the way it advises the reader to record, write or 'journal' their experiences as a helpful recovery tool. Making sure to encourage readers to contact a mental health professional if necessary, the author gives good, easy to follow, concrete instructions on how to track your reactions to events, what to expect both emotionally and physically as you process your feelings, and ways in which you might better understand them.
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