Beyond the Frustrated Self: Overcoming Avoidant Patterns and Opening to Life

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9781782200529: Beyond the Frustrated Self: Overcoming Avoidant Patterns and Opening to Life

This book foregrounds the life struggles of a single “frustrated” individual so that argument and theoretical exploration arise organically out of experience. The approach is integrative, enlisting a variety of models of therapy – psychodynamic, body-oriented, Gestalt, existential – as well as neuroscience, philosophy, and literature. The book also shows how developmental deficits interact with socio-cultural tendencies to amplify existential difficulties.

The “frustration” of the title is traced to avoidant attachment – pretending not to need others. In Brenda, the case study whose experience forms the focus of this exploration, it is associated with a body energy pattern that is both over-charged and over-contained, the result of anxiety-inducing and repressive parenting. This generates a self-frustrating process in which charge fights against containment, and bursts of energy alternate with boredom and affectless depression. The repressive defence that derives from avoidant attachment can make us professionally functional in our globalized and hypertechnologized society, but it works against us personally, so that we may experience our lives as dry, soulless and uncreative. Parental failure to filter the environment combined with an invasive culture have left Brenda, like many others, frustrated in her quest for a still center. Individual chapters on: energy regulation, cathexis, soul, boundaries, impingement, competition, power, and life narrative show how her existential difficulties can be traced to her core developmental issues. Using complexity theory and neuroscience models of integration, a way forward for Brenda and others like her is outlined. Play and finding meaning are highlighted as transformational hubs which, by restoring the capacity for experiencing, can bring wellbeing into her life.

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Barbara Dowds is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist in the Dublin area. She teaches on the BSc in counselling and psychotherapy and is director of the MA in integrative psychotherapy in PCI College. For seven years she was editor of Eisteach, the journal of the IACP, and she has written extensively for it and for Inside Out, the journal of the IAHIP. Barbara was a senior lecturer in molecular genetics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth until 2002, when she changed careers and began practicing as a psychotherapist.

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"This is a fascinating book. Barbara Dowds has a fertile, creative intelligence, which makes unexpected connections between the scientific and the spiritual, culture, and therapy. Her starting point is a masterful integration of the energy systems of the body with developmental neuroscience and attachment theory. This book really is an unusual and welcome addition to the understanding of attachment and human well-being. I enjoyed it very much." (Sue Gerhardt, author of Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain)

"Barbara Dowds’ profound and readable meditation on therapeutic movement from anomie to a meaning-infused life is an integrative triumph, drawing on attachment theory, psychodynamics, body therapies, literature, neuroscience, and psychodrama. These pearls of theory are seamlessly threaded around her fictional heroine, Brenda (the name evokes authorial overtones), an everywoman with whose travails the reader, therapist, or client – or both – can readily identify. This breath of fresh air will raise the spirits and widen the horizons of therapists wishing to escape the longueurs of conventional psycho-scripture." (Professor Jeremy Holmes MD, FRCPsych)

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