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Beyond the frustrated self : overcoming avoidant patterns and opening to life

Author: Barbara Dowds
Publisher: London: Karnac Books, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book foregrounds the life struggles of an individual, Brenda, in such a way that argument and theoretical exploration arise organically out of experience. The 'frustration' of the title is traced to avoidant attachment - pretending not to need others. In Brenda this is associated with a body-energy pattern that is both over-charged and over-contained, generating a self-frustrating process. Such a repressive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Dowds
ISBN: 9781782200529 1782200525 9781782411895 1782411895
OCLC Number: 866938215
Description: xviii, 286 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: How attachment styles are mirrored in energy regulation patterns --
The roots of boredom and addiction --
Attention and the soul: the scientist versus the poet --
Boundaries and contact: outer and inner distortions --
Time, space, and silence: regaining our capacity to experience --
Competitiveness as the struggle for recognition and respect --
Activism versus integrity: resolving the dilemma? --
Reflecting and creating the self: the uses of narrative --
Integration: perspectives from complexity theory and neuroscience --
Achieving well-being: play and spiritual practice as transformational hubs.
Responsibility: Barbara Dowds.

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"This book foregrounds the life struggles of an individual, Brenda, in such a way that argument and theoretical exploration arise organically out of experience. The 'frustration' of the title is traced to avoidant attachment - pretending not to need others. In Brenda this is associated with a body-energy pattern that is both over-charged and over-contained, generating a self-frustrating process. Such a repressive defence works against her, so that she experiences her life as dry, soulless, and uncreative. A variety of existential difficulties are traced to how such core developmental issues interact with our socio-cultural environment. A way forward is outlined: play and finding meaning are identified as transformational hubs that bring well-being into Brenda's life and restore her capacity for experiencing." - cover.

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