The Healthy Compulsive: Healing Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and Taking the Wheel of the Driven Personality

The Healthy Compulsive: Healing Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and Taking the Wheel of the Driven Personality

by Gary Trosclair
The Healthy Compulsive: Healing Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and Taking the Wheel of the Driven Personality

The Healthy Compulsive: Healing Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and Taking the Wheel of the Driven Personality

by Gary Trosclair

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Overview

Gary Trosclair explores the power of the driven personality and the positive outcomes those with obsessive compulsive personality disorder can achieve through a mindful program of harnessing the skills that can work, and altering those that serve no one.

If you were born with a compulsive personality you may become rigid, controlling, and self-righteous. But you also may become productive, energetic, and conscientious. Same disposition, but very different ways of expressing it. What determines the difference?

Some of the most successful and happy people in the world are compelled by powerful inner urges that are almost impossible to resist. They’re compulsive. They’re driven.

But some people with a driven personality feel compelled by shame or insecurity to use their compulsive energy to prove their worth, and they lose control of the wheel of their own life. They become inflexible and critical perfectionists who need to wield control, and they lose the point of everything they do in the process.

A healthy compulsive is one whose energy and talents for achievement are used consciously in the service of passion, love and purpose. An unhealthy compulsive is one whose energy and talents for achievement have been hijacked by fear and its henchman, anger. Both are driven: one by meaning, the other by dread.

The Healthy Compulsive: Healing Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder and Taking the Wheel of the Driven Personality, will serve as the ultimate user’s guide for those with a driven personality, including those who have slid into obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). Unlike OCD, which results in specific symptoms such as repetitive hand-washing and intrusive thoughts, OCPD permeates the entire personality and dramatically affects relationships. It also requires a different approach to healing.

Both scientifically informed and practical, The Healthy Compulsive describes how compulsives get off track and outlines a four-step program to help them consciously cultivate the talents and passions that are the truly compelling sources of the driven personality. Drawing from his 25 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist and Jungian psychoanalyst, and his own personal experience as someone with a driven personality, Trosclair offers understanding, inspiring stories of change, and hope to compulsives and their partners about how to move to the healthy end of the compulsive spectrum.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538132609
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/08/2020
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gary Trosclair, DMA, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City and Westchester County, New York. He is President of the New York Association for Analytical Psychology and serves on the faculty of the Jung Institute of New York, the Jung Foundation of New York, and the New York Center for Jungian Studies. He is the author of I’m Working On It In Therapy: How To Get The Most Out Of Psychotherapy, and of the blog The Healthy Compulsive Project. He lives in Tuckahoe, New York with his wife and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Dedication Preface Introduction Part I: The Driven Personality: What It’s Like and How It Got That Way Chapter 1: Identifying the Driven Personality Chapter 2: How Did I Get This Way? The Tree Grows Where It Can Part II: Realizing Your Driven Potential Chapter 3: Four Steps to Becoming a Healthier Compulsive Chapter 4: Step 1: Identify Your Story to Develop Insight Chapter 5: Step 2 Engage Emotionally with Deeper Layers of Feeling and Parts of Yourself Chapter 6: Step 3: Cultivate Meaning: Clarify Your Aspirations and Set Your Priorities Chapter 7: Step 4: Take Action: Commit to Behavior That Honors Your Aspirations Part III Dangers and Opportunities on the Road Ahead: Applying the Tools of Change to Fulcrum Issues Chapter 8: Body Chapter 9: Time & Money Chapter 10: Work and Career Chapter 11: People, Partners, and Parenting Chapter 12: Rest and Play Chapter 13: Psychological Growth: Vicissitudes of The Inner Game Part IV Support for The Road Ahead Chapter 14 Support for the Compulsive’s Journey Chapter 15 Support and Suggestions for Partners of Compulsives Afterword Acknowledgements About the Author Bibliography
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