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Why Can't I Change? How to Conquer Your Self-Destructive Patterns
     

Why Can't I Change? How to Conquer Your Self-Destructive Patterns

by Shirley Impellizzeri, Gary Small MD (Foreword by)
 

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As children, our brains are hard-wired to form attachments with others as a way to ensure our physical and emotional survival. How we attach to our primary caregivers directly affects how our brain develops and guides our feelings and thoughts in later relationships.

Why Can't I Change? is a psychological self-help manual to improve self-esteem and overall

Overview

As children, our brains are hard-wired to form attachments with others as a way to ensure our physical and emotional survival. How we attach to our primary caregivers directly affects how our brain develops and guides our feelings and thoughts in later relationships.

Why Can't I Change? is a psychological self-help manual to improve self-esteem and overall well-being. It is for anyone who feels stuck repeating patterns in their lives that don't work - from a series of dead end jobs, bad relationships, or even self-sabotaging behaviors. Why Can't I Change? incorporates the latest research on brain science to see how your identity is not defined by your behavior but is a reaction to your early programming. Dr. Shirley Impellizzeri identifies four categories of attachment styles we adopt as children based on our perceptions of how those most influential in our lives perceived us.

Throughout the book, Dr. Impellizzeri uses a particular case history from infancy to adulthood to illustrate how an attachment style plays out in life. The stories and other concrete examples bring this concept to life and make it easy to identify with. This book shows you how to put an end to dysfunctional patterns of behavior by helping you discover what your unconscious patterns are and how to let go of those patterns. Why Can't I Change? includes questionnaires, exercises, and tools to facilitate change.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The good news is that, according to psychologist Impellizzeri, the adage "old dogs can't learn new tricks" is false. She gives no bad news in this book, which aims to help readers get unstuck from their ruts. Impellizzeri uses neuroscience to explain how patterns develop in the brain and how a person's ingrained style of attachment to others can define behavior. Through quizzes, case studies, and abundant research, she helps readers realize how they might sleepwalk through some aspects of their lives, how to recognize behavioral triggers, and how to wake up to life. VERDICT Those who find themselves hopelessly stuck will find hope in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934716373
Publisher:
Sunrise River Press
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Series:
Sunrise River Press
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Shirley Impellizzeri received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has a successful private practice in Beverly Hills, California. Her work focuses on individuals, families, couples group therapy, and hypnosis. She has been featured on Dr. Drew Celebrity Rehab-Sex Addiction and the third season of Dr. Drew Celebrity Rehab.

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