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.
Well worth buying for anyone.
As a therapist I would advocate talking to someone, but this book is a fabulous start to aid self understanding .
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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 7 days ago by Jane Paffey
I've read dozens of similar books, this is one of the best, highly recommendPublished 3 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 4 months ago by Susan Blake
I cannot rate this highly enough. I have had therapy in the past and didn't really understand where it was all going - wish I had read this first. Would have saved me thousands.Published 5 months ago by MR D R L (Worcs, UK)
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 6 months ago by E.B.G.
Excellent book. Well written and explained. Really insightful for the lay person. I would highly recommendPublished 7 months ago by John doe