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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

About the Author

Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, author, and artist. Dr Firestone was in private practice of psychotherapy from 1957 to 1979. In 1979, he joined the Glendon Association as its consulting theorist. His major publications include 'The Fantasy Bond', 'Compassionate Child-Rearing', and 'Fear of Intimacy'. His studies of negative thought processes led to the development of an innovative therapeutic methodology described in 'Voice Therapy', 'Suicide and the Inner Voice', 'Combating Destructive Thought Processes', 'Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy' and 'Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships'. In collaboration with his daughter, Dr Lisa Firestone, he developed three assessment instruments: The Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts [FAST], The Firestone Assessment of Suicide Intent [FASI] and the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts [FAVT].

Firestone is Program and Education Director of the Glendon Association, and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Santa Barabara.

Joyce Catlett, MA, author and lecturer, has collaborated with Dr. Robert Firestone in writing 12 books and numerous professional articles. She began her career in psychology in 1972, working with autistic children at the Camarillo State Hospital Children's Treatment Center in Camarillo, CA. A founding member of Glendon Association, she has been a national lecturer and workshop facilitator in the areas of child abuse prevention and couple relations. With Glendon, she has co-produced 40 video documentaries on a wide range of mental health topics. Ms. Catlett was also instrumental in the development and training of instructors in the Compassionate Child Rearing Education Program and in training mental health professionals in Voice Therapy Methodology.

Firestone is Program and Education Director of the Glendon Association, and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Santa Barabara.

Joyce Catlett, MA, author and lecturer, has collaborated with Dr. Robert Firestone in writing 12 books and numerous professional articles. She began her career in psychology in 1972, working with autistic children at the Camarillo State Hospital Children's Treatment Center in Camarillo, CA. A founding member of Glendon Association, she has been a national lecturer and workshop facilitator in the areas of child abuse prevention and couple relations. With Glendon, she has co-produced 40 video documentaries on a wide range of mental health topics. Ms. Catlett was also instrumental in the development and training of instructors in the Compassionate Child Rearing Education Program and in training mental health professionals in Voice Therapy Methodology.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for theNorton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over three dozen textbooks. Dr. Siegel s books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and the three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and his latest No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159147020X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591470205
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 10.2 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: #1,132,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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