Nobody's Victim: Freedom from Therapy and Recovery

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Dr. Christopher McCullough explains in this compassionate and enlightening look at the phenomenon that has created what some have dubbed a "nation of victims," calling ourselves victims ultimately does more harm than good. With telling examples from his years of private practice, Dr. McCullough shows that rather than helping us find satisfying answers to life's ultimate issues, therapy and recovery programs, under the guise of alleviating pain, actually reinforce our inadequacies, supporting the larger social ...
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Overview

Dr. Christopher McCullough explains in this compassionate and enlightening look at the phenomenon that has created what some have dubbed a "nation of victims," calling ourselves victims ultimately does more harm than good. With telling examples from his years of private practice, Dr. McCullough shows that rather than helping us find satisfying answers to life's ultimate issues, therapy and recovery programs, under the guise of alleviating pain, actually reinforce our inadequacies, supporting the larger social myth: "If you suffer in some way, there is something wrong with you." Psychotherapy's fascination with labels, McCullough asserts, falsely assigns disorders where none exist, pathologizing our suffering rather than addressing its source. In Nobody's Victim, Dr. McCullough presents a new way of looking at the issue of victimhood. Victimhood, he tells us, is not the natural consequence of abuse. It is our attitude toward the abuse that determines whether or not we feel like a victim. By expanding our understanding of freedom, Dr. McCullough offers more lasting and authentic ways to escape the victimhood trap, showing that living our freedom, with its attendant responsibilities, is the true path to becoming "nobody's victim."
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A clinical psychologist claims his professional role is not so much therapist as ``reminder.'' In his refreshing and insightful analysis of the proliferation of 12-step and other kinds of recovery programs, McCullough (Managing Your Anxiety) decries the notions of victimhood and codependency that characterize many such therapies. Instead, he focuses on a client's ``awareness and manifestation of free choice.'' Demonstrating how he reminds patients of their freedom, he rejects the concepts of powerlessness and narcissism that many recovery programs and therapists emphasize. While his eclectic approach, with its emphasis on emotional pain as a natural and necessary step to growth, is likely to be opposed by some of his colleagues, McCullough, writing with freelancer Anundsen, offers self-help with a difference, which many may find liberating and self-affirming. Author tour. (June)
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In the face of increasing pressures and diminished support systems, growing numbers of people are seeking guidance and validation from therapists and support groups. In this book, the author documents how rather than helping us find answers to life's ultimate issues, therapy and recovery programs, under the guise of alleviating pain, actually reinforce our inadequacies and pathologize our suffering. Presenting a new way of looking at the issue of suffering, this liberating book asserts that victimhood is not the natural consequence of abuse; rather, it is our attitude toward the abuse that determines whether or not we feel like a victim.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517598016
  • Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/6/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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