Treating The New Anxietyby Kirk A. Bingaman
Pub. Date: 09/16/2007
Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
A new form of anxiety has emerged, stemming in part from our living in a post-9/11 world, but even stemming more from the influence of supermodernity. Whereas postmodernism theorizes an anxiety that results from the collapse or loss of meaning, through the lens of supermodernity it appears that the new anxiety is evoked more by an excess of meaning. It is difficult to keep up with the rapid acceleration of human life and the overabundance of current events and issues. The media bombards us every day with serious global, national, and local concerns. This book explores the nature of the anxiety our supermodern condition provokes and proposes that with the void left by the diminishment of religious involvement and practice the therapy session becomes the definitive place for meaning-making. Building on a cognitive therapy approach that has a proven track record in treating anxiety and that emphasizes the client's belief system, Bingaman demonstrates that, to treat this new anxiety most effectively, practitioners must help clients identify and explore the core theological beliefs and spiritual values that give them hope and lend meaning to their lives.
About the Author:
Kirk A. Bingaman is assistant professor of pastoral counseling and director of the Pastoral Counseling Program in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University
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Table of Contents
What Is Prompting the New Anxiety? 1
The Nature of Supermodernity 17
Diagnosing the New Anxiety 35
The Importance of Assessing Core Theological Beliefs 63
Maintaining a Balanced Approach 101
A More Comprehensive Form of Care 123
About the Author 143
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