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  • 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 (59 customer reviews)
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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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If you're a cognitive and/or behavioural therapist this is a really good book even if, (perhaps especially if), you do not use psychodynamic ideas in your therapy. It explains the core concepts of psychological defensive mechanisms well enough to give you the language to talk to clients who have framed their problems in psychodynamic terms.
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.
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Amazing book, a recommended book to anyone doing serious self improvement.
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Excellent. Very relatable and I would recommend to all.
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Self insight, as opposed to gratuitous navel-gazing, is an important part of being an adult. Reading through this more than once of though 'oh crap ...' as yes, I did that before. So it's a good book, although sometimes uncomfortable reading. It's also good to remind yourself sometimes that everyone else makes the same mistakes!
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I'm a Counselling student in therapy, and I found this book very useful to help with my personal development. It's really easy to read, with hardly any jargon, and is presented in a friendly and non-judgemental manner.
Well worth buying for anyone.
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This is a great book. It concisely brings together a collection of psychodynamic ideas that are often explored in very complicated esoteric ways. The author uses ideas of common humanity and personality psychology to discuss different defences and how they play out, and importantly how to live well with them. This is a book I can see myself re-reading and revisiting a number of times. Really worthwhile purchase.
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not easy to read, quite theoritical.
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Simply brilliant on the topic of defenses and well worth the buy and read.
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