Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice: A Revolutionary Program to Counter Negative Thoughts and Live Free from Imagined Limitations

Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice: A Revolutionary Program to Counter Negative Thoughts and Live Free from Imagined Limitations

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572242876
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 12/02/2002
Series: Unassigned Series
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 402,423
Product dimensions: 7.08(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Robert W. Firestone, PhD, is a psychologist, author, and artist . He has been the main theoretician with the Glendon Association since 1979. He is author of 10 books including Fear of Intimacy and Fantasy Bond.

Lisa Firestone, PhD, is a psychotherapist in private practice, program and education director of the Glendon Association, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Joyce Catlett, MA, is a lecturer, author and coproducer of The Glendon Association's thirty-seven documentary videos. She developed the Compassionate Child Rearing Parent Education Program and conducts trainings. She lives in Santa Barabara, CA.

Foreword writer Patricia Love, EdD, is an acclaimed therapist and speaker and author/co-author of six books, including Hot Monogamy, The Truth About Love and How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It. She has appeared on Oprah and Today and on CNN, and has contributed to numerous magazines including Cosmopolitan, Men's Health, and Woman's World.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Forewordxi
Introduction1
Organization of This Book
A Note to Therapists
Part IUnderstanding Your Critical Inner Voice
Chapter 1Becoming Familiar with Your Critical Inner Voice9
How Your Critical Inner Voice Controls Your Actions
Being for Yourself or against Yourself
How Did You Develop a Critical Inner Voice?
Your Defenses
The Real You and Your Critical Inner Voice
How the Critical Inner Voice Disrupts Your Everyday Life
Challenging the Critical Inner Voice by Taking Action
Chapter 2How Your Critical Inner Voice Creates Shame, Guilt, and Low Self-Esteem33
Identify When You Are Feeling Shame or Guilt
The Defenses on Which Guilt, Shame, and Low Self-Esteem Are Based
Critical Inner Voices Underlying Neurotic Guilt
Critical Inner Voices Underlying Existential Guilt
Combating Guilt, Shame, and Low Self-Esteem
Part IIChallenging The Critical Inner Voice
Chapter 3How the Critical Inner Voice Interferes with Your Career57
How Your Defenses Limit You in Your Career
Identify and Overcome Voices That Interfere with Your Creativity
Chapter 4How the Critical Inner Voice Influences Your Relationship75
How the Critical Inner Voice Interferes with Intimacy
How the Fantasy Bond Works in Relationships
How the Critical Inner Voice and the Fantasy Bond Work Together to Destroy Relationships
Signs of a Fantasy Bond in Your Relationship
Playing the Parent/Playing the Child
How We Defend Ourselves against Love
Three Defenses
Suggestions for Disrupting the Fantasy Bond
Chapter 5How the Critical Inner Voice Intrudes on Your Sexual Relationship97
Two Views of Sex
How Our Attitudes Toward Sex Are Influenced by Parents, Peers, and Society
Attitudes toward Our Bodies
Attitudes about Masturbation and Sex Play
Society's Attitudes about Sexuality
Voices During Sex
How Do You Relate Sexually? Two Kinds of Sex
Chapter 6How the Critical Inner Voice Seduces You into Addictive Behaviors117
How Addictive Behaviors Affect You
How Do We Come to Develop Addictions?
How the Critical Inner Voice Encourages Addictive Behaviors
Eating Disorders, Drug Abuse, and Alcoholism
How Compulsive Activities Can Become Addictive
Guidelines for Challenging Addictive Behaviors
Chapter 7How Listening to Your Critical Inner Voice Can Make You Feel Down and Depressed135
Have You Ever Been Depressed?
How Do You Usually React to Negative Events in Your Life?
What Does It Feel Like to Be Depressed?
The Continuum of Self-Destructive Behaviors and Critical Inner Voices
Combating Critical Inner Voices That Lead to Depression
Steps for Challenging Depression
Chapter 8How to Select a Therapist163
Factors to Consider in Making Your Choice
Personal Qualities of the Therapist That Are Conducive to Good Therapy
The Therapeutic Relationship
Part IIIGuidelines for Living the "Good Life"
Chapter 9For Parents: Guidelines for Optimal Child Development171
Repeating Our Parents' Behaviors
Guilt about Not Always Feeling Love
Guidelines for Child Rearing
Chapter 10Living Free of Imagined Limitations--The "Good Life"187
What Does "Living the Good Life" Mean to You?
Guidelines for Continued Personal Development
Guidelines for Continued Personal Development in Your Relationship
Guidelines for Further Developing a Meaningful Life
Bibliography: Glendon Association Video Productions201
Suggested Reading207
References215

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