Emotional Claustrophobia

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The fear of being emotionally engulfed can have a devastating effect. In people's personal lives, it can prevent them from making commitments and enjoying relationships. On the job, it can prevent them from taking on new responsibilities and reaching their true potential. In this book, psychologist and author Aphrodite Matsakis explores the roots of emotional claustrophobia. She spells out all the steps sufferers can take to come to terms with their feelings and find solutions ...
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Overview

The fear of being emotionally engulfed can have a devastating effect. In people's personal lives, it can prevent them from making commitments and enjoying relationships. On the job, it can prevent them from taking on new responsibilities and reaching their true potential. In this book, psychologist and author Aphrodite Matsakis explores the roots of emotional claustrophobia. She spells out all the steps sufferers can take to come to terms with their feelings and find solutions that will improve their lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572242111
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 10/12/2000
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 165
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Emotional Claustrophobia: A Common Dilemma
Costs of Emotional Claustrophobia
Causes of Emotional Claustrophobia
Empowerment and the Empowerment Process
The Crisis of Recovery
Is This Book for You?
How to Use This Book
How This Book Is Organized
The Value of Writing about Painful Experiences
A Final Note
Part I Understanding Emotional Claustrophobia
Chapter 1 Did Your Family Contribute? 17
Parents and Caregivers
Physical and Sexual Abuse
Emotional Abuse
Was Your Privacy Invaded?
Jealousy and Possessiveness
Were You Expected to Do or Be the Impossible?
When Close Is Too Close
Were You Trapped in an Emotional Tug-of-War?
Self-Assessment for Triangulation
Family Hardships
Chapter 2 Did People or Events Outside Your Family Contribute? 55
Were You Ever Victimized or Traumatized?
Do You Have Difficulties Setting Boundaries?
All-or-Nothing Organizations and Belief Systems
Difficult Human Emotions
Grief
Engulfing Personalities
Chapter 3 How Has Emotional Claustrophobia Impacted Your Life? 71
The Importance of a Personal Inventory
Beginning Your Inventory
Fear of Engulfment Inventory
Chapter 4 Do Your Fears Belong to the Past or the Present? 85
Causes of Your Emotional Claustrophobia
How Valid Are the Causes Today?
Action Steps for Certain Causes
Chapter 5 Managing Your Anxiety 95
How Anxiety Can Affect Your Physical and Mental Powers
Your Physical Reactions to Fear
Techniques for Managing Anxiety
Medication
Chapter 6 Taking Charge of Your Mind: Evaluating Your Beliefs 109
How Thoughts and Feelings Relate
Challenging Untrue Beliefs
Identifying Your Self-Defeating Beliefs
Which of Your Beliefs Are Self-Defeating?
Desired Beliefs
Part II Identifying Self-Defeating Beliefs
Chapter 7 Making a Plan 125
Why You Need a Plan
How to Make a Plan
Communication Skills
Connected but Free: Maintaining Connection without Engulfment
Emergency Plans
Anticipating the Worst
Chapter 8 Living Your Plan 145
Before You Try Out Your Plan
Coping Methods During the Event
Reviewing Your Progress
Appendix 157
Anger Management
Battering--Family Violence
Child Abuse
Guidelines for Interacting with/Confronting Abusive Family Members
Depression
Rape and Sexual Assault
Relaxation: Anxiety and Panic Disorders Management
Self-Esteem and Assertiveness
Trauma Processing
References 163
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