ISBN-10:
0826105513
ISBN-13:
9780826105516
Pub. Date:
07/20/2009
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Beyond Death Anxiety: Achieving Life-Affirming Death Awareness

Beyond Death Anxiety: Achieving Life-Affirming Death Awareness

by Robert Firestone, Joyce Catlett

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ISBN-13: 9780826105516
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/20/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert W. Firestone, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, and artist, who has established a comprehensive body of work that explains how defenses formed by children early in life in relation to interpersonal pain are strongly reinforced as they become aware of death. These defenses impair people's ability to sustain intimate adult relationships and have a damaging effect on their children. Dr. Firestone was engaged in the private practice of psychotherapy from 1957 to 1979, working with a wide range of patients, expanding his original ideas on schizophrenia, and applying these concepts to a theory of neurosis. In 1979 he joined the Glendon Association as its consulting theorist. Dr. Firestone's major publications include The
Fantasy Bond, Compassionate Child-Rearing, Fear of Intimacy, and The Ethics of
Interpersonal Relationships. His studies of negative thought processes-or internalized
"voices"-led to the development of an innovative therapeutic methodology described in Voice Therapy, Suicide and the Inner Voice, Combating Destructive
Thought Processes, Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy, and Sex and Love in Intimate
Relationships. In collaboration with his daughter, Dr. Lisa Firestone, he developed three assessment instruments based on the concept of the voice process: The
Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (2007), The Firestone Assessment of Suicide Intent (2007), and the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (2008).

Joyce Catlett, MA, author and lecturer, is the coauthor of Fear of Intimacy, (1999),
Psychological Defenses in Everyday Life (2000), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice
(2002), Creating a Life of Meaning & Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy
(2003), Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (2006), and The Ethics of Interpersonal
Relationships (2009). She has collaborated with Dr. Robert Firestone in writing peer-reviewed articles and several other books, such as The Fantasy Bond (1985),
Compassionate Child-Rearing (1990), and Voice Therapy (1988) Ms. Catlett is a lecturer and workshop facilitator in the areas of child-abuse prevention and couple relations. She has coproduced forty video productions for the Glendon Association in the areas of parent-child relations, suicide, couple relations, and voice therapy.
A child mental health specialist, Ms. Catlett has developed and trained instructors in the Compassionate Child-Rearing Parent Education Program throughout the
United States, Canada, and Costa Rica.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

PART I: The Subjective Impact of Death Awareness and Its Denial

Chapter 1 Overview

Chapter 2 The Uncharted Terrain of Death

Chapter 3 The Dawning Awareness of Death and Its Impact on the Developing Child

Chapter 4 The Effects of Death Anxiety in Everyday Life

Chapter 5 Literal and Symbolic Defenses Against Death Anxiety

Chapter 6 Microsuicide: Death of the Spirit

PART II: Core Defenses Against Death

Chapter 7 The Basic Defense Against Death Anxiety: the Fantasy Bond

Chapter 8 Separation Theory, the Voice, and Voice Therapy

PART III: Choosing Life with the Full Realization of Death

Chapter 9 Challenging Defenses That Interfere with Living Fully

Chapter 10 The Value of Psychotherapy

Chapter 11 Facing Death with Equanimity and Appropriate Feeling

Chapter 12 Learning to Love

Chapter 13 Dimensions of a Meaningful Life

Chapter 14 My Life and Legacy by Robert W. Firestone

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