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Survivors : Stories and Strategies to Heal the Hurt - John Preston

Survivors

Stories and Strategies to Heal the Hurt

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From the Introduction: 'The young woman had tears in her eyes when I took my seat next to her on the airliner bound for Little Rock. She was on her way to college, 2000 miles away, and distraught: 'I don't know if I'll be able to stand it.' At that moment I was thinking of my own distress: I don't think I'll be able to stand it, either. I was on my way to visit my father, who was in the latter stages of his struggle with cancer. I'm a therapist. I know how to handle these things, I thought to myself. Knowing that others live through these events and survive did absolutely nothing to comfort me or quiet my pain. I wondered, Will I make it? What should I do? 'In this book we'll take a brief look at the lives of four people -- Survivors -- who've gone through some very rough experiences ...each is plagued by significant emotional despair. These are not cases of mental illness, but examples of ordinary human beings living through painful times. Despite their differences, these four people fortunately all share one vitally important human quality: an inherent capacity to heal from deep emotional wounds. They are Survivors.' How about you? John Preston, Psy.D., is a board certified psychologist and the author of ten books including Survivors, You Can Beat Depression, Integrative Brief Therapy, and Life is Hard (audio). He is on the faculty of Alliant University and the University of California, Davis, Medical School. He is the recipient of the Mental Health Association's President's Award for contributions to the mental health community. Dr. Preston has lectured widely in North America and abroad. REVIEWS 'Often life is hard and sometimes tragic. Sooner or later all human beings must face and live through such times. Survivors is a clearly written, practical, and compassionate guidebook to coping, healing, and personal growth. I recommend it highly.' --- Jack Canfield, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul '... user-friendly tones... This book faces the real complexity in both the cause of hurt and the recovery from it... stands out in a crowded field.' --- ForeWord Magazine 'Highly recommended!' --- Michael J. Mahoney, Ph.D., Author, Human Change Processes, Director: Society for Constructivism in Human Sciences 'Preston's warm and unpretentious style and use of compelling, real examples result in an interesting and useful book... will either help people to help themselves, or learn that they might benefit from professional help.' --- Cliff Straehley, M.D., Psychiatrist, Author, Expanding Your Ability To Love Yourself 'This book is easily read and very interesting to a person without much psychiatric background. Solutions are simple and easy to implement... recommended to anyone with concerns about their own emotional health or the emotional health of a member of their family.' --- Gay A. Byrnes, Helen L. DeRoy Medical Library, Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, Michigan 'Each chapter is rich in case examples, informative charts and descriptions...a welcome addition to the self-help literature and the psychotherapists lending library.' --- Feedback, South Carolina Psychological Association

..".comprehensive approach...There is a balance of theory and therapy, so the reader will feel informed as well as encouraged...This book stands out in a crowded field." "Survivors is a clearly written, practical, and compassionate guidebook to coping, healing, and personal growth. I recommend it highly." --Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul ..".comprehensive approach...the reader will feel informed as well as encouraged...stands out in a crowded field." --ForeWord Magazine "Preston's book is designed to take the stigma and shame out of 'emotional problems'... he has a realistic approach that acknowledges limitations while recognizing strengths. At the heart of his work is a focus on the ability to develop compassion for one's self." --NAPRA Review "Preston's warm and unpretentious style and use of compelling, real examples result in an interesting and useful book... will either help people to help themselves, or learn that they might benefit from professional help." --Cliff Straehley, MD, psychiatrist, author, Expanding Your Ability to Love Yourself "Highly recommended!" --Michael J. Mahoney, PhD, author, Human Change Processes, Director, Society for Constructivism in Human Sciences Survivors is a clearly written, practical, and compassionate guidebook to coping, healing, and personal growth. I recommend it highly. Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul" ...comprehensive approach...the reader will feel informed as well as encouraged...stands out in a crowded field. ForeWord Magazine" Preston's book is designed to take the stigma and shame out of 'emotional problems'... he has a realistic approach that acknowledges limitations while recognizing strengths. At the heart of his work is a focus on the ability to develop compassion for one's self. NAPRA Review" Preston's warm and unpretentious style and use of compelling, real examples result in an interesting and useful book... will either help people to help themselves, or learn that they might benefit from professional help. Cliff Straehley, MD, psychiatrist, author, Expanding Your Ability to Love Yourself" Highly recommended! Michael J. Mahoney, PhD, author, Human Change Processes, Director, Society for Constructivism in Human Sciences" "Survivors "is a clearly written, practical, and compassionate guidebook to coping, healing, and personal growth. I recommend it highly. Jack Canfield, co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul"" Highly recommended! Michael J. Mahoney, PhD, author, "Human Change Processes," Director, Society for Constructivism in Human Sciences"

Introducing the Survivors: Sharon, Dale, Katherine, Gary, ... and Youp. 3
When Living Hurts
Why Does It Hurt So Much?p. 11
When It Hurts to Grow Upp. 19
Time Doesn't Heal All Woundsp. 43
When You Hurt But Don't Know Whyp. 55
Understanding Your Emotions
Why Does the Hurt Last So Long?p. 69
Trauma and the Brainp. 77
"You Always Get What You Need"--Or Do You?p. 81
"To Thine Own Self Be True"p. 93
"Grit Your Teeth" and Other Ways to Keep on Hurtingp. 101
What Does It Mean to be Emotionally Healthy?p. 115
Survivor Strategies for Healing the Hurt
Survivor Strategy #1: Do No Harmp. 125
Survivor Strategy #2: Understand How We Healp. 137
Survivor Strategy #3: Promote Your Own Healingp. 151
Survivor Strategy #4: Take Action in Your Real Worldp. 177
Survivor Strategy #5: Assert Yourselfp. 187
Survivor Strategy #6: Gain Control Over Your Emotionsp. 201
Survivor Strategy #7: Stay Healthy and Reduce Emotional Stressp. 213
Survivor Strategy #8: Explore Self-Help and Recovery Groupsp. 225
Survivor Strategy #9: Consider Psychotherapyp. 231
Survivor Stories
Pathways to Emotional Healingp. 245
Appendices
Symptoms of Common Adult Psychiatric Disordersp. 253
Medical Disorders and Drugs That May Cause Psychiatric Symptomsp. 259
Referencesp. 261
Selected Readingp. 265
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9781886230446
ISBN-10: 1886230447
Series: Mental Health
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39