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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Not long after reading this book I was able to engage a client using their familiar language. It was lovely to watch the penny drop. (With both of us!)
Great book, well written and clearly written.
It is rare these days that authors of these type of books actually have compelling content and an effective means of delivering it.Burgo really delivered on both fronts and I was left with my brain spilling over with great insights as to why I do what I do. In fact it was the single most effective book in me being able to identify and change some of my defense mechanisms. If I could thank Burgo directly I would have loved to. By far one of the rare books that I can recommend as truly worth reading and value for money.
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!
Well worth buying for anyone.
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