Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries

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First aid for failure

Although we have bandages for cuts, chicken soup for colds, and ice packs for bruises, most of us have no idea how to treat day-to-day emotional injuries such as failure, rejection, and loss. But, as Guy Winch, Ph.D., points out, these kinds of emotional injuries often get worse when left untreated and can significantly impact our quality of life. In this fascinating and highly practical book he provides the emotional ...

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Overview


First aid for failure

Although we have bandages for cuts, chicken soup for colds, and ice packs for bruises, most of us have no idea how to treat day-to-day emotional injuries such as failure, rejection, and loss. But, as Guy Winch, Ph.D., points out, these kinds of emotional injuries often get worse when left untreated and can significantly impact our quality of life. In this fascinating and highly practical book he provides the emotional first aid treatments we have been lacking.

Explaining the long-term fallout that can result from seemingly minor emotional and psychological injuries, Dr. Winch offers concrete, easy-to-use exercises backed up by hard cutting-edge science to aid in recovery. He uses relatable anecdotes about real patients he has treated over the years and often gives us a much needed dose of humor as well.

Prescriptive, programmatic, and unique, this first-aid kit for battered emotions will appeal to readers of Unstuck by James S. Gordon and Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff.

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Publishers Weekly
Clinical psychologist Winch (The Squeaky Wheel) offers valuable advice for bouncing back from life’s disappointments—both big and small—in this outstanding work. While diligently emphasizing the importance of seeking professional advice when necessary, the author also gives readers tools to help themselves overcome everything from excessive and unproductive guilt, to being rejected by a romantic partner. After offering an insightful overview of common psychological issues, such as loneliness and unhealthy rumination, the author lays out potential strategies to cope with each one. Readers learn how to identify self-defeating behaviors, how to appreciate others’ points of view, and, perhaps most importantly of all, how to stop the destructive voice in one’s head from proclaiming inadequacy and failure. But Winch’s approach isn’t simply to avoid all negativity—he points out that even failure, great teacher that it is, can be an important step along one’s journey. This smart tome is a valuable addition to the self-help oeuvre. Agent: Michelle Tessler, Tessler Literary Agency. (July 25)
Library Journal
Author Winch (The Squeaky Wheel) proposes a set of treatments for emotional upsets much like medical remedies for headaches or upset stomachs. He explores common maladies such as rejection, guilt, and failure and provides short explanations of common maladaptive responses, as well as more effective coping mechanisms. For example, the author describes how rejection often leads to punched walls and feelings of insecurity and suggests exercises designed to revive self-worth and combat self-doubt. Readers can easily select relevant chapters that apply to themselves and try out new behaviors.

Verdict Helpful for the average reader encountering life’s speed bumps.—Deborah Bigelow, Leonia P.L., NJ
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594631207
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 172,880
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 5.78 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author


Guy Winch, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University and has a private practice in Manhattan. His first book, The Squeaky Wheel, has been translated into six languages. A member of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Winch is also an in-demand keynote speaker.
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