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Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts Paperback – July 29, 2014
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—Jeanne Safer, PhD, author of Cain’s Legacy: Liberating Siblings from a Lifetime of Rage, Shame, Secrecy, and Regret
"The advice Winch offers in this refreshingly useful book is both practical and practicable -- down-to-earth techniques that really can bring relief when things feel like they're falling apart."
—Anneli Rufus, author of The Big Book of Low Self-Esteem
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1. Rejection--The emotional cuts and scrapes of daily life
Rejections can inflict four distinct emotional wounds, each of which might require some from of emotional first aid: lingering visceral pain, anger and aggressive urges, harm to self-esteem, and damage to feeling that we belong. (p. 17)
* Argue with self-criticism
* Revive your self-worth
* Replenish feelings of social connection
* Desensitize yourself
2. Loneliness--Relationship muscle weakens
Loneliness makes us constantly on guard, prepared for the disappointment and rejection we are sure will come. As a result, we miss opportunities to make social connections and behave in ways that push others away. (p. 53)
* Remove your negatively tinted glasses
* Identify your self-defeating behaviors
* Take on the other person's perspective
* Deepen your emotional bonds
* Create opportunities for social connection
* Adopt a best friend
3. Loss and Trauma--Walking on broken bones
Loss and trauma create four psychological wounds. They cause overwhelming emotional pain, they undermine our basic sense of identity and the roles we play in life, they destabilize our belief systems and our understanding of the world, and they challenge our ability to remain present and engaged in our most important relationships. (p.Read more ›
Reading this book gave me strategies and hope. Whenever I experienced rejection or even sensed something wasn't making me feel good, I instantly went into panic mode. I now have some valuable tools to use.
It is written with "real life" examples to demonstrate what he's writing about and it is sprinkled with humor to make it fun to read.
The only person who should not read this book is one who has a perfect life and never experiences a setback of any kind. (If you know of one, have them call me. I'd love to meet him or her).
This book is so good I found my puppy munching away on the cover and ready to devour the pages. It was his first, and hopefully last, reading adventure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book, very readable , witty and many gems of insightPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was thinking it was more for helping others. It's good if you're going through some hard stuff as a personal first aid kit though.Published 1 month ago by Brian Kruse
Great book, and A wonderful approach to thinking about our mental health. I use this approach in teaching clients about how to take care of themselves, and it resonates strongly.Published 1 month ago by Jimmymac
If you enjoyed his funny and insightful TED Talk, you'll deeply appreciate Dr. Winch's book. Written in the same intelligent-yet-accessible style, it's enjoyable to read cover to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by P. Maurer
Great ideas but I think it could have been briefer. It felt a little drawn out and the examples were repetitive.Published 2 months ago by Alexis V.
I love it! We just interviewed Guy Winch for our Inspire Nation Show and are already putting his Emotional First Aid tools into practice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Sandler Inspire Nation Host