By Dr. Robert Firestone PhD, Dr. Joyce Catlett PhD
"This ebook fruitfully serves these seeking to observe Ernest Becker's rules psychotherapeutically, in person counseling or in staff treatment. A capstone to Robert Firestone's 50 years of labor in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychiatry and to the varied books written via those authors, Firestone and Catlett exhibit find out how to observe the topics and implications of the guidelines of Ernest Becker in daily life. Their uncomplicated premise is that accepting dying is a part of constructing an declaring and significant event of lifestyles. Contributing to the credibility in their presentation is the wealth of scientific proof and private adventure Firestone and Catlett incorporate." --The Ernest Becker beginning "[F]ascinating and an relaxing read....steeped in good researched and appropriate mental and sociological views appropriate to all social reports areas..." --Carol Lloyd college of Chichester "Firestone and Catlett's paintings is a fabulous fulfillment .This quantity is either cutting edge and intrepid. Firestone and Catlett problem winning psychoanalytic perspectives on dying they usually demolish some of the permitted canons of thanatology and existential psychology. this is often required studying for someone who purports to discuss death." -- Jerry Piven, PhD writer of dying and fantasy: A Freudian research of Mortal Terror "[A] towering synthesis of non-public and medical knowledge approximately dying .with a very good evaluation of the psychology of dying and demise nervousness .Dr. Firestone attracts at the better of the existential-humanistic in addition to the psychoanalytic thinkers to deal with a flourishing direction towards self-realization." -Kirk J. Schneider, PhD writer, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy and Awakening to Awe (From the Foreword) Firestone and Catlett's groundbreaking quantity assists psychological healthiness practitioners in aiding their consumers learn how to settle for and face their mortality. They describe the various defenses of dying nervousness that continue contributors from attaining own success, and in addition recommend how to cope without delay with fears of loss of life; an strategy that, mockingly, may end up in extra delight, extra freedom, and a better appreciation for the reward of lifestyles. This e-book examines the various damaging effects of dying anxiousness, together with introversion, melancholy, and withdrawal from lifestyles. in the course of the e-book, the authors show the significance of accomplishing what they name life-affirming demise understanding. Key subject matters contain: The dawning wisdom of loss of life and its impression at the constructing baby Literal and symbolic defenses opposed to demise nervousness Separation concept and "the delusion bond" tough the defenses that intervene with dwelling absolutely Microsuicide: the loss of life of the spirit Breaking with restricting non secular dogma and cultural worldviews With this publication, psychological healthiness practitioners and their consumers should be in a position to larger comprehend dying wisdom, triumph over the defenses opposed to dying anxiousness, and finally lead richer, extra satisfying lives.
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96) 36 Part I The Subjective Impact of Death Awareness and Its Denial In discussing denial through a personiﬁcation of death, Kastenbaum and Aisenberg (1972) observed that children often conceptualize death as a creature or person. They claimed that this image enables the child to imagine death in a more idiosyncratic way that helps him or her cope with thoughts of death. In a chapter titled “The Concept of Death in Children,” Yalom (1980) proposed: Most children between the ages of ﬁve and nine go through a period in which they anthropomorphize death.
In contrast, an undefended life leads to an increased potential for feeling and experiencing all of our emotions. The less defended individual feels integrated, experiences more fulﬁllment, retains the capacity to ﬁnd happiness and joy in life, is better able to tolerate intimacy, and tends to be more humane toward others. Tension is minimized in an honest, open approach to life. By deﬁnition, a defended individual lacks integrity and therefore cannot communicate honestly. For example, if people deny their real wants and priorities, they deceive themselves as well as others about their true intentions.
Why should a person invest in loving relationships, search for truth and meaning, and devote oneself to humane pursuits and transcendent goals of creativity, spirituality, and service to others when all will be lost in the end? Is it really better to love and lose than never to love at all? How can human beings live with existential pain and anxiety? Wouldn’t it be more expedient to be concerned only with pleasure and the pursuit of happiness? Wouldn’t it make more sense to put these disturbing matters out of mind, deaden oneself to the obvious facts of sickness, aging, and death, the awesome reality of the unknown, and the ongoing holocaust of human brutality?