Beyond Death Anxiety: Achieving Life-Affirming Death Awareness

Beyond Death Anxiety: Achieving Life-Affirming Death Awareness

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by Robert Firestone, Joyce Catlett
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0826105513

ISBN-13: 9780826105516

Pub. Date: 07/20/2009

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

This book fruitfully serves those looking to apply Ernest Becker's ideas psychotherapeutically, in individual counseling or in group therapy. A capstone to Robert Firestone's 50 years of work in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychiatry and to the numerous books written by these authors, Firestone and Catlett show how to apply the themes and implications of

Overview

This book fruitfully serves those looking to apply Ernest Becker's ideas psychotherapeutically, in individual counseling or in group therapy. A capstone to Robert Firestone's 50 years of work in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychiatry and to the numerous books written by these authors, Firestone and Catlett show how to apply the themes and implications of the ideas of Ernest Becker in everyday life. Their basic premise is that accepting death is part of developing an affirming and meaningful experience of life. Contributing to the credibility of their presentation is the wealth of clinical evidence and personal experience Firestone and Catlett incorporate.

--The Ernest Becker Foundation

[F]ascinating and an enjoyable read....steeped in well researched and relevant psychological and sociological perspectives applicable to all social studies areas..."

--Carol Lloyd
University of Chichester

Firestone and Catlett's work is a marvelous achievement....This volume is both innovative and intrepid. Firestone and Catlett challenge prevailing psychoanalytic views on death and they demolish many of the accepted canons of thanatology and existential psychology. ...This is required reading for anyone who purports to talk about death."

-- Jerry Piven, PhD
Author of Death and Delusion: A Freudian Analysis of Mortal Terror

[A] towering synthesis of personal and clinical wisdom about death....with a superb overview of the psychology of death and death anxiety....Dr. Firestone draws on the best of the existential-humanistic as well as the psychoanalytic thinkers to address a flourishing path toward self-realization.

-Kirk J. Schneider, PhD
Author, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy and Awakening to Awe
(From the Foreword)

Firestone and Catlett's groundbreaking volume assists mental health practitioners in helping their clients learn to accept and face their mortality. They describe the many defenses of death anxiety that keep individuals from achieving personal fulfillment, and also suggest methods to cope directly with fears of death; an approach that, ironically, can lead to more satisfaction, more freedom, and a greater appreciation for the gift of life.

This book examines the many destructive consequences of death anxiety, including introversion, depression, and withdrawal from life. Throughout the book, the authors demonstrate the importance of achieving what they call life-affirming death awareness.

Key topics include:

  • The dawning awareness of death and its impact on the developing child
  • Literal and symbolic defenses against death anxiety
  • Separation theory and "the fantasy bond"
  • Challenging the defenses that interfere with living fully
  • Microsuicide: the death of the spirit
  • Breaking with limiting religious dogma and cultural worldviews

With this book, mental health practitioners and their clients will be able to better understand death awareness, overcome the defenses against death anxiety, and ultimately lead richer, more fulfilling lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826105516
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/20/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

PART I: The Subjective Impact of Death Awareness and Its Denial

Chapter 1 Overview

Chapter 2 The Uncharted Terrain of Death

Chapter 3 The Dawning Awareness of Death and Its Impact on the Developing Child

Chapter 4 The Effects of Death Anxiety in Everyday Life

Chapter 5 Literal and Symbolic Defenses Against Death Anxiety

Chapter 6 Microsuicide: Death of the Spirit

PART II: Core Defenses Against Death

Chapter 7 The Basic Defense Against Death Anxiety: the Fantasy Bond

Chapter 8 Separation Theory, the Voice, and Voice Therapy

PART III: Choosing Life with the Full Realization of Death

Chapter 9 Challenging Defenses That Interfere with Living Fully

Chapter 10 The Value of Psychotherapy

Chapter 11 Facing Death with Equanimity and Appropriate Feeling

Chapter 12 Learning to Love

Chapter 13 Dimensions of a Meaningful Life

Chapter 14 My Life and Legacy by Robert W. Firestone

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