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Combating Destructive Thought Processes
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Combating Destructive Thought Processes
Voice Therapy and Separation Theory



January 1997 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What keeps people from living in ways that satisfy their individual needs and priorities? This book explores psychotherapist Robert W Firestone's voice therapy technique, the goal of which is to uncover these limiting forces, which are represented by internal messages or voices.

Firestone maintains that from childhood, people are prevented from experiencing an individuated life by the pressures of society, particularly the nuclear family. He expounds the theory, which synthesizes psychodynamic and existential approaches, behind his technique. He demonstrates how the therapy helps clients reveal these voices quickly, recognize their source and begin to take a path to a meaningful life.

Larry Beutler
Foreword
 
The Self under Siege
 
PART ONE: DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVE
 
The Reality of Childhood Trauma
 
Patterns of Emotional Mistreatment
 
Psychodynamics Involved in the Intergenerational Cycle of Child Abuse
 
Identification with the Aggressor
 
PART TWO: DEFENSE FORMATION
 
The Fantasy Bond and Self-Parenting Process
 
The Fantasy Bond in Couple Relationships
 
Manifestations of the Inward Process
 
PART THREE: METHODOLOGY
 
The Concept of the Voice and Voice Therapy
 
Approach to Psychotherapy
 
Application of Voice Therapy to Couples and Parenting Groups
 
Assessment of Suicide Risk
 
PART FOUR: THEORETICAL ISSUES
 
The Dual Nature of Guilt Reactions
 
The Psychodynamics of Fantasy, Addiction and Addictive Attachments
 
The Essential Paradox of Psychotherapy
 
PART FIVE: SOCIAL CONCERNS AND EXISTENTIAL ISSUES
 
Psychological Defenses against Death Anxiety
 
Origins of Ethnic Strife
 
The `Good Life'

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