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Overview

What keeps people from living in ways that satisfy their individual needs and priorities? This book explores psychotherapist Robert W Firestone's voice therapy technique, the goal of which is to uncover these limiting forces, which are represented by internal messages or voices.

Firestone maintains that from childhood, people are prevented from experiencing an individuated life by the pressures of society, particularly the nuclear family. He expounds the theory, which synthesizes psychodynamic and existential approaches, behind his technique. He demonstrates how the therapy helps clients reveal these voices quickly, recognize their source and begin to take a path to a meaningful life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761905516
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword - Larry Beutler
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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