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Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy 1st Edition

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"...an insightful and dynamic book that will be of great interest to professionals in the human services." -- Donald K. Freedheim, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University

"This book renewed my faith in psychotherapy and inspired me to be a better person--and therapist." -- Pat Love, Pat Love and Associates, Austin, Texas

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn; 1 edition (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159147020X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591470205
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert W. Firestone, PhD, psychologist and author, has been affiliated with the Glendon Association as its consulting theorist since its inception. His innovative ideas related to psychotherapy, couple and family relationships, suicide, parenting, and existential issues have been the inspiration and cornerstone of Glendon's research and publications.

From 1957 to 1979, Dr. Firestone was engaged in the private practice of psychotherapy as a clinical psychologist working with a wide range of patients, amplifying his original ideas on schizophrenia and applying these concepts to a comprehensive theory of neurosis.

Dr. Firestone's major works, including The Fantasy Bond , Voice Therapy , Combating Destructive Thought Processes ,Compassionate Child Rearing and many other books, articles, and video presentations, outline a fully realized and comprehensive theory on neurosis and human development. His studies on negative thought processes and their associated effects have led to the development of Voice Therapy , an advanced therapeutic methodology to uncover and contend with aspects of self-destructive and self-limiting behaviors.

Firestone has applied his concepts in different areas, from empirical research to developing the Firestone Assessment of Self-destructive Thoughts (FAST), a scale that assesses suicide potential. This led to the publication of Suicide and the Inner Voice: Risk Assessment, Treatment and Case Management . He also co-authored Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), Beyond Death Anxiety: Achieving Life-Affirming Death Awareness (Springer Publishing, 2009), The Ethics of Interpersonal Relationships (Karnac Books, 2009), and his latest work, The Self Under Siege: A Therapeutic Model for Differentiation (Routledge, 2012), with Joyce Catlett, MA.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Dogris, Ph.D. on January 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been involved in the field of psychology for 15 years and have yet to come across a model that is as comprehensive and challenging as this work. I just finished reading Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion. This book is a masterpiece and I thank all of you for putting together such a contribution for society. I cannot begin to say how much this book affected me and how it provoked a great deal of thought and understanding about the Fantasy Bond, the Voice, and my Life. Several of my clients have read the book and all have reported how wonderful it truly is.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John Laughlin on June 24, 2007
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This is the best book I have come across in understanding my own and my clients' emotional development and how life can get sidetracked when we are young by neglect and abuse at the hands of caretakers,who are often unaware of the damage they are passing on to yet another generation.

Such early suffering places life on a path where internalized and unexplored feelings create a filter that distorts our view of others and ourselves. Life is lived in a kind or personal isolation ward, a prison not of our making but one we are destined to maintain unless, through our desire to stop the suffering, we become aware of a way out through the techniques prsented in this wise and liberating book.

I love the fact this work takes a combined psychoanalytical, existential and cognitve perspective of understanding and helping those trapped in chronic emotional suffering. A great book for therapists.

At times the book is redundant but I have found this sometimes an asset in helping me to more fully grasp a concept presnted again in a slighlty different way. [[ASIN:159147020X Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy]
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By michelle massie on September 12, 2003
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The quintessential guide to weaving a tapestry to incorporate real and lasting happiness, an awakening of the spirit in all relationships bringing authenticity and the joy of being more fully concious and alive...this is a recipe for peace and
harmony in all areas of daily living....a truly brilliant and transformational piece of work....
The harsher realities of life and suffering are transcended by the unique and simple approach to existential angst. The real need for human connection becomes evident and the suffering caused by one's need vs the longing for this deep sense of connection is thoughtfully approached and easily mapped.
I was moved by this work and inspired by the friendship circle and the true desire to support and love another in the very real sense of this attachment. Authenticity has never been descibed more clearly and after all this is what we are here for.....each other and the rest of humanity.
The gift of this work will be received for many generations to come....
A recipe to model and live by..THANK YOU...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By It's Me on September 22, 2011
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This book is life changing. All my children will read this when they are old enough. I only wish I had read it when I was younger!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jina Carvalho on October 9, 2003
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The authors of this book touch you deeply with the genuiness of their writing. I think I was lucky to meet many of the real charactters in this book either in person or via video tapes which is enabling me to live a full and rich while accepting the pain and pleasure of being human. Thanks for the precious opportunity.
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