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Why Do I Do That?: Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives Paperback – October 26, 2012
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Table of Contents (Detailed)
PART I – Understanding Our Psychological Defense Mechanisms
Chapter 1: The “Me” I Don’t Know
1.2 What is a Psychological Defense Mechanism?
1.3 Defense Mechanisms and Your Personality
1.4 Making Use of the Exercises of this Book
1.6 Now What?
Chapter 2: Our Primary Psychological Concerns
2.2 Theoretical Views on the Primary Psychological Concerns
2.3.4 Cluster A
126.96.36.199 Group 1
2.3.5 Cluster B
188.8.131.52 Group 3
184.108.40.206 Group 4
2.3.6 Cluster C
220.127.116.11 Group 5
18.104.22.168 Group 6
2.4 Now What?
Chapter 3: The Emotional Landscape
3.2 “All I Want is to be Happy”
3.3 Aristotle’s List of Emotions
3.4 Fear, Anger and Hatred
3.5 Calmness and Confidence
3.7 Envy and Jealousy
3.8 Love, Gratitude and the Ability to Empathize
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Something not obvious from the Contents page is that the impact of the defense mechanisms is worked through in terms of each of our primary psychological concerns (which are considered to be bearing with our neediness and dependency, living with strong emotion and developing self esteem).
It provides extensive journalling exercises to explore (and heal where necessary) the impact of the defense mechanisms on our lives. The instructions are clear and the exercises relate clearly to the theory.
The writing is clear and accessible. Concepts are explained and illustrated.
This book provides a clear and thorough way to living a more enjoyable life.
Why not five stars? Perhaps because I'm a bit of a perfectionist. For me to give a book five stars it would need to be bowl-me-over awesome. This book is very good - thorough, clear, systematic and valuable.
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This was so helpful. The average person would benefit from reading, not just those who struggle with psychological issues. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JBar
The author has done a fabulous job in helping one understand defense mechanisms. Examples help greatly in comprehension of what is being said. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ajita
Easy to read and very relevant. Good insights by the author. I learned much about myself and my family.Published 3 months ago by Helen David