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Beyond the Frustrated Self
Author: Barbara Dowds

ISBN: 9781782200529
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 13 February 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.2
This book foregrounds the life struggles of a single "frustrated" individual so that argument and theoretical exploration arise organically out of experience. The approach is integrative, enlisting a variety of models of therapy - psychodynamic, body-oriented, Gestalt, existential - as well as neuroscience, philosophy, and literature. The book also shows how developmental deficits interact with socio-cultural tendencies to amplify existential difficulties.

The "frustration" of the title is traced to avoidant attachment - pretending not to need others. In Brenda, the case study whose experience forms the focus of this exploration, it is associated with a body energy pattern that is both over-charged and over-contained, the result of anxiety-inducing and repressive parenting. This generates a self-frustrating process in which charge fights against containment, and bursts of energy alternate with boredom and affectless depression. The repressive defence that derives from avoidant attachment can make us professionally functional in our globalized and hypertechnologized society, but it works against us personally, so that we may e...

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