Emotional Processing: How to Work Your Way through Almost Anything

Emotional Processing: How to Work Your Way through Almost Anything

by Stormy Smoleny

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Emotional Processing: How to Work Your Way through Almost Anything is a practical guide to identifying, understanding, and managing your emotions. It will help you become more aware of your inner processes, lessen your emotional pain, and help you to be less emotionally reactive. The information in this book can also help you resolve inner conflicts that entrap you and rob you of your inner peace. The first half of the book gives you a step-by-step guide to understanding your mental and emotional processes. The second half focuses on overcoming self-attack, which can manifest as depression, anxiety, self-recrimination, guilt, shame, and worthlessness. You will learn how to deal with these painful feeling states in a simple, understandable manner and return to a better state of mind.

Some of the topics that are covered are:

  • how to develop an inner observer
  • how to decode the emotional self
  • how the quality of our thoughts affects our feelings
  • how perceptions, beliefs, transferences, and expectations affect our emotional state
  • the importance of being a human-proportioned self
  • how to work with the actual versus the idealized self
  • primary versus secondary feelings and their role in self-attack
  • how to stop redirecting our anger for others to our self
  • the role of self-forgiveness as a prelude to forgiving others
  • the root causes of anxiety

Written by a nationally certified psychoanalyst, Emotional Processing is factual and well grounded. It goes beyond superficial techniques for dealing with emotional imbalance, offering an in-depth approach to achieving peace of mind. If less comprehensive therapies have not worked for you, the information in this book is what you need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780978995751
Publisher: Indigo Reef Publishing Inc
Publication date: 01/18/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 510 KB

About the Author

Stormy Smoleny, Ph.D, LMHC, NCPsyA, LP is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida (MH1448), a licensed psychoanalyst in New York state (000595-1), and a nationally certified psychoanalyst (P931223). She has post-doctoral certification in psychoanalysis, a doctorate in counseling psychology, and a master's degree in management/organizational psychology. She has been in private practice for thirty-six years, and has worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Before going into clinical practice, she worked as an organizational psychologist assisting organizations with teambuilding, stress management, and conflict resolution. She has taught psychology courses at Miami-Dade College for over thirty years.

Dr. Smoleny's preferred method of treatment is psychoanalysis, which is defined as the observation, description, evaluation, and interpretation of dynamic unconscious mental processes that contribute to the formation of personality and behavior. Her goal is to identify and resolve unconscious psychic problems that affect interpersonal relationships and emotional development, to facilitate changes in personality and behavior, and to develop adaptive functioning.

Dr. Smoleny's specialty is modern psychoanalysis. This is an orientation that offers a corrective emotional experience rather than intellectual interpretations and explanations. The term corrective emotional experience means that the patient is healed through emotional communication and interaction with the analyst. Within an emotionally corrective setting there is opportunity for the release of negative emotion, for emotional needs to be met, and for awareness to evolve naturally. It is an environment that fosters maturation and development through a present-moment healing experience.

Dr. Smoleny has also studied philosophy, spirituality, metaphysics, nutrition, exercise, and alternative healing. For those who prefer a more holistic approach to psychotherapy, she offers a unique blend of traditional and non-traditional thought.

Dr. Smoleny lives in Miami, Florida with her husband of 50 years. She has two children and four grandchildren who live nearby. She hopes to write a book for each grandchild. Dr. Smoleny has also written In Search of the Unwanted Self and Truths from the Self: Insights into Finding Wisdom in the Present Moment, available on Amazon.com and Bookmasters.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Emotional Processing: Basic Considerations 1

Chapter 1 Know Your Goals 3

Chapter 2 Observe Yourself 11

Chapter 3 Understanding Correct Sequencing 14

Chapter 4 Know Your Feelings 17

Chapter 5 Decoding the Emotional Self 26

Chapter 6 Know Your Thoughts and Thought Processes 37

Chapter 7 Positive Thinking 74

Chapter 8 Know Your Defense System 80

Emotional Processing: Self-Attack 99

Chapter 9 Understanding Self-Attack 101

Chapter 10 Observing the Presence of Self-Attack 105

Chapter 11 Finding the Primary Feelings That Underlie Self-Attack 109

Chapter 12 Circumventing Judgment of Primary Feelings 117

Chapter 13 Using Our Thought Processes to Lessen Self-Attack 123

Chapter 14 Self-Talk 128

Chapter 15 Being the Center of Our Universe 135

Chapter 16 The Actual Self, the Idealized Self, and the Reviled Self 142

Chapter 17 Illusions and Self-Attack 145

Chapter 18 Not Knowing As a Form of Self-Attack 154

Chapter 19 Forgiveness and Self-Attack 163

Chapter 20 Anxiety and Self-Attack 182

Chapter 21 Triggers and Self-Attack 202

Chapter 22 Final Thoughts 209

Endnotes 215

Bibliography 217

About the Author 219

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