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Beyond the Frustrated Self

Overcoming Avoidant Patterns and Opening to Life, 1st Edition

By Barbara Dowds

Routledge

304 pages

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This book foregrounds the life struggles of an individual, Brenda, in such a way that argument and theoretical exploration arise organically out of experience. The "frustration" of the title is traced to avoidant attachment - pretending not to need others. In Brenda this is associated with a body-energy pattern that is both over-charged and over-contained, generating a self-frustrating process. Such a repressive defence works against her, so that she experiences her life as dry, soulless, and uncreative. A variety of existential difficulties are traced to how such core developmental issues interact with our socio-cultural environment. A way forward is outlined: play and finding meaning are identified as transformational hubs that bring wellbeing into Brenda's life and restore her capacity for experiencing.

About the Author

Barbara Dowds

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General