“Using illustrations from case studies, the authors describe each lifetrap, discuss its origins in childhood experience, and provide a questionnaire for self-assessment. They then offer a program for change using techniques ranging from experiential (getting in touch with your inner child) to cognitive (writing a ‘case’ against your lifetrap) and behavioral (identifying specific behaviors to be changed).”—Library Journal
Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthough Program to End Negative Behavior...and FeelGreat Againby Jeffrey E. Young, Janet S. Klosko, Aaron T. Beck (Foreword by)
Two of America's leading psychologists, Jeffrey E. Young, Ph.D., and Janet S. Klosko, Ph.D., show readers how to free themselves from negative life patterns. Written with compassion as well as clinical insight, this thought-provoking book guides readers through the process of identifying "life traps." For example, "Do you put the needs of others before your own? Are you drawn into relationships with people who are self-centered, cold to you, misunderstand you, or use you? Do you feel inadequate compared to people around you?" Followed by an engaging discussion that makes use of case studies, this book can help people change their lives by stopping the cycle of self-destruction.
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Meet the Author
Jeffrey E. Young, PhD, serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is director of the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York as well as the Schema Therapy Institute. Dr. Young founded schema therapy, and is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Young has lectured and presented workshops on cognitive and schema therapies for the past 25 years and consistently receives outstanding evaluations internationally for his teaching skills. He has published extensively, including two major books, Schema Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide, for mental health professionals, and Reinventing Your Life, a bestselling self-help book.
Dr. Young is coauthor of a psychotherapy outcome study evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive therapy in comparison to antidepressant medication. He has also served as consultant on many cognitive and schema therapy research grants, including the NIMH Collaborative Study of Depression, and on the editorial boards of journals including Cognitive Therapy and Research and Cognitive & Behavioral Practice. For his exceptional teaching skills, Dr. Young was awarded the prestigious NEEI Mental Health Educator of the Year award in 2003.
Janet S. Klosko, PhD, Codirector of the Cognitive Therapy Center of Long Island, in Great Neck, New York, is senior psychologist at the Schema Therapy Institute and at Woodstock Women's Health in Woodstock, New York.
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I really enjoyed it. It was the most helpful book I have ever read. Two renowned psychologists offer an innovative approach to solving long-term emotional problems based on the proven principles of cognitive therapy. As seen on Oprah, this guide shows how to effectively change negative thought patterns. Thank you. Ferdinand Starbuck
Textbook used to assist me in group therapy to adjust and change my approach to Lifetraps. Book was in excellent condition when I received it
As a devotee of self help books, I have read quite a few and this is one of the best. The book is written in plain english and lays out common sense, yet detailed, explanations for some destructive thought patterns. The solutions offered, by no means fool proof, enable the reader try to interrupt the behavior that is causing their anxiety, depression, etc.
The authors suggest that coping behaviors that may have benifited you growing up in a dysfunctional family may be ruining your life as an adult. They outline 11 common senarios, known as life traps, including those ACA favorites, Fear of Abandonment, Impossibly High Standards, and And Enability to Trust. They show factors that contributed to the dependence on these coping behaviors as a child, show how what worked for you then may be sabatoging you now. They caution how to recongnise people and situations that will be attractive but unhealty for you becasue they mirror relationships you had as a child. They tell you how these lifetraps may screw you up when you bumble into a safe relationship with a sane and loving person, and most importantly, they come up with guidelines on how to recognize these self defeating behaviors and fix them. What more could you want from a paperback book! I recommend this to any one who faces the emotional challanges of self sabatoge, but most especially to Adult Children of Alcoholics. I don't even think the authors intended to write a book for children of alcoholics, but it is the best t