Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthough Program to End Negative Behavior...and FeelGreat Again

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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...

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Overview

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.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452272040
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 79,485
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Reinventing Your Life Foreword by Aaron Beck, M.D.
Preface

1. Lifetraps
2. Which Lifetraps Do You Have?
3. Understanding Lifetraps
4. Surrender, Escape, and Counterattack
5. How Lifetraps Change
6. "Please Don't Leave Me!": The Abandonment Lifetrap
7. "I Can't Trust You": The Mistrust and Abuse Lifetrap
8. "I'll Never Get the Love I Need": The Emotional Deprivation Lifetrap
9. "I Don't Fit In": The Social Exclusion Lifetrap
10. "I Can't Make It on My Own": The Dependence Lifetrap
11. "Catastrophe Is About to Strike": The Vulnerability Lifetrap
12. "I'm Worthless": The Defectiveness Lifetrap
13. "I Feel Like Such a Failure": The Failure Lifetrap
14. "I Always Do It Your Way!": The Subjugation Lifetrap
15. "It's Never Quite Good Enough": The Unrelenting Standards Lifetrap
16. "I Can Have Whatever I Want": The Entitlement Lifetrap
17. A Philosophy of Change

References
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Klosko and Young have done the ultimate self help book

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    highly recommend for those dealing with lifetrap issues

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    Simple, Yet Effective, Information and Advice

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001

    ACA says: Best Self Help Book I've Ever Read!

    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

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