Final summary 10

from book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

The key message in these blinks:
Patients usually enter therapy with a faulty conception of the problems that led them to seek out help in the first place. They avoid confronting the true nature of their problems through flawed narratives and defense mechanisms. Their underlying issues often involve a fear of death, isolation and/or meaninglessness, which is usually coupled with a lack of a sense of freedom. Regaining a sense of freedom is the key to recovery, but people’s internal resistance to change makes that difficult. To overcome that resistance, a patient must only acknowledge and express the emotions surrounding her underlying problem.

What to read next: Shrinks, by Jeffrey A.

Lieberman, Ogi Ogas

Now that you’ve had an up-close look at the psychological landscape in which therapy takes place, perhaps you want to gain a better understanding of the way in which it emerged as a field of study and clinical practice. How did it emerge, and how has it changed over the years? Who are the key figures and what are the key concepts in its development? And what’s the deal with that Freud guy anyway? Was he a quack, a revolutionary thinker or a bit of both? To find out the answers to all of these questions and more, check out the blinks to Shrinks, by Jeffrey A. Lieberman and Ogi Ogas.

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