- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: New Rise Press (26 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988443120
- ISBN-13: 978-0988443129
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Why Do I Do That?: Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives Paperback – 26 Oct 2012
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About the Author
Joseph Burgo, Ph.D. has practiced psychotherapy for more than 30 years, holding licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist. He earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA and his masters and doctorate at California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles. He is also a graduate psychoanalyst and has served as a board member, officer and instructor at a component society of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He currently writes the popular blog "After Psychotherapy" where he discusses personal growth issues from a psychodynamic perspective.
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Its benefit is that rather than teaching you to live in a "happy ever after world" where anger, fear or sadness do not exist, it forces you to walk on a harder path that in my opinion, is a much more rewarding one: that of recognizing the multiple emotions that make us human and learning how to work with them.
I've read a few self-help books and I've learned to become skeptical of books that just offer to embrace the "good" in us - i.e. loving kindness, compassion etc... - and ward off all other more painful emotions such as anger. Humans are complex beings expressing a variety of emotions, some more pleasant than others. For me, it's better to accept that rather than lie to myself. It can be much more difficult to accept, but if you're strong enough, the work will bear its fruits.
As a therapist I would advocate talking to someone, but this book is a fabulous start to aid self understanding .
Well worth buying for anyone.
'Why do I do that?' actually affords you great insight into your own behaviour via its unconscious underpinnings- this is the kind of insight that would usually cost you seventy pounds per hour (at least). This is unusual and incredibly refreshing in its style, it does not follow the usual self-help format (for which I personally am very grateful!).
I genuinely understand myself and even the other people around me, so much better because of this book.
If you need expert help but can't quite afford psychotherapy or are on a long waiting list to receive it? Buy this book. This actually helps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Extremely clear book on defences and beautifully written. The only other author I have read who writes about psychoanalysis in such an accessible way is Stephen Grosz.Published 24 days ago by E.B.G.
Excellent book. Well written and explained. Really insightful for the lay person. I would highly recommendPublished 2 months ago by John doe
Wow! Now this is an interesting book. Not only fascinating insights into defense mechanisms generally, but helps you work out how to apply it to yourself and find out what your... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jenny
WAS an interesting read- especially the part about defences, but I didn't come away with anything to apply. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Breathe
Speechless, not a big fam of reading but this is just amazing. Going to do psychology at uni and this will come handyPublished 5 months ago by Mimi
Excellent book. Well written and explained. Really insightful for the lay person. I would highly recommend.Published 6 months ago by Mrs Diane
Perfect, purchase arrived really early and in lovely condition thank you, super seller will use againPublished 7 months ago by lynda duncan