- 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 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 .
I hate this book. Not really - I love it! My "identity" (and defences!) hate it!
From the moment the book requested that I keep a journal of my emotional thoughts I was horrifically confronted. And promptly stopped reading the book.
After loads of avoidance, all for very good reasons you understand, I have returned to the book and started my journal. I'll update my review as my journey progresses... But for now, this is the first of the books on my course that simply evaded all my defences and for that alone it is worth 5 stars!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply brilliant on the topic of defenses and well worth the buy and read.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I found this book an absolute eye opener.
author of Surviving Schizophrenia, a Memoir... Read more
This is a great book. It concisely brings together a collection of psychodynamic ideas that are often explored in very complicated esoteric ways. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter
A self-help book with a difference, described by the author as "a guided course in self-exploration, highlighting the universal role of defence mechanisms in warding off... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jane Paffey
This is a thoroughly engaging introduction to a central aspect of psychoanalysis: the defense mechanisms. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SHJ
I've read dozens of similar books, this is one of the best, highly recommendPublished 6 months ago by mark
An interesting read but I didn't really identify with a most of the defence mechanisms, so it wasn't personally helpful. It did give me an insight into some other people I know.Published 7 months ago by Susan Blake