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Combating Destructive Thought Processes
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Combating Destructive Thought Processes
Voice Therapy and Separation Theory


December 1996 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What keeps people from living in ways that satisfy their individual needs and priorities? In this book, noted clinical psychologist Robert W. Firestone sets forth the theory--synthesizing psychodynamic and existential approaches to the psyche--underlying his voice therapy methodology. From childhood, Firestone maintains, humans are prevented from experiencing an individuated life by the pressures of society and destructive interactions within the family. The goal of voice therapy is to uncover the insidious forces--represented by internal messages, called voices--that limit humans. Firestone's technique, grounded in clinical research, helps the client to reveal these voices quickly, recognize their detrimental source, and begin the path to a meaningful life. In addition to laying theoretical foundations, this book emphasizes the use of voice therapy in direct practice with couples, parents, and individuals and expands these theories to consider existential and social concerns such as death anxiety and ethnic conflict. Therapists seeking to expand their techniques will find in this book a unique advancement on traditional psychodynamic models. Combating Destructive Thought Processes offers a methodology of interest to professionals in psychology, clinical psychology, counseling, social work, and developmental psychology.

Larry Beutler
Foreword
 
The Self under Siege
 
PART ONE: DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVE
 
The Reality of Childhood Trauma
 
Patterns of Emotional Mistreatment
 
Psychodynamics Involved in the Intergenerational Cycle of Child Abuse
 
Identification with the Aggressor
 
PART TWO: DEFENSE FORMATION
 
The Fantasy Bond and Self-Parenting Process
 
The Fantasy Bond in Couple Relationships
 
Manifestations of the Inward Process
 
PART THREE: METHODOLOGY
 
The Concept of the Voice and Voice Therapy
 
Approach to Psychotherapy
 
Application of Voice Therapy to Couples and Parenting Groups
 
Assessment of Suicide Risk
 
PART FOUR: THEORETICAL ISSUES
 
The Dual Nature of Guilt Reactions
 
The Psychodynamics of Fantasy, Addiction and Addictive Attachments
 
The Essential Paradox of Psychotherapy
 
PART FIVE: SOCIAL CONCERNS AND EXISTENTIAL ISSUES
 
Psychological Defenses against Death Anxiety
 
Origins of Ethnic Strife
 
The `Good Life'

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