Treating The New Anxiety

Treating The New Anxiety

by Kirk A. Bingaman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0765704625

ISBN-13: 9780765704627

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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765704627
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2007
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
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
References     137
Index     139
About the Author     143

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