TAMSEN FIRESTONE - EDITOR

I have edited the following books by Dr. Robert Firestone, Joyce Catlett and Dr. Lisa Firestone.

 

Fear of Intimacy

by Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, M.A.

In Fear of Intimacy, the authors bring almost 40 years of clinical experience to bear in challenging the usual ways of thinking about couples and families. They argue that relationships fail not for the commonly cited reasons, but because psychological defenses formed in childhood act as a barrier to closeness in adulthood. A wide range of cross-generational case studies and powerful personal accounts illustrate how the “fantasy bond,” a once-useful but now destructive form of self-parenting, jeopardizes meaningful attachments. Written in clear, jargon-free language, Fear of Intimacy shows how therapists can help couples identify and overcome the messages of the “critical inner voice” that foster distortions of the self and loved ones. The authors’ innovative approach will be of interest to therapists and couples alike.

Publisher: American Psychological Association

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Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships

by Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D., Lisa A. Firestone, Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, M.A.

Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships proposes that sexual problems are largely related to defenses acquired through painful childhood experiences, and that individuals can be helped to overcome these challenges and become physically and emotionally closer to their partners. Sexuality can be one of the most fulfilling pleasures in life. Yet it is an aspect of relationships that is complex and sometimes fraught with difficulty. Given the mixed messages about sexuality that exist in our culture, it is hardly surprising that people encounter difficulties in achieving intimacy. Indeed, they have considerable difficulty in communicating and working out their differences. In clear language and conceptualization and through the liberal use of case material from therapy sessions, the authors show how individuals can be helped to overcome these challenges and become physically and emotionally closer to their partners. The authors provide therapists with a cognitive/affective/behavioral technique for treating couples

Publisher: American Psychological Association

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The Enemy Within – Separation Theory and Voice Therapy


The Enemy Within is a compendium of the life work of psychologist and theorist, Robert Firestone. The book builds upon his previous published works and offers an in-depth exploration of his more recent findings. The result is an original, holistic approach to understanding human behavior, relationships, and crucial socio-political issues.

It provides new insights into the destructive thought process or “voice,” particularly in relation to its insidious influence on suicidal and violent behavior. Using compelling case examples, Dr. Firestone shows how the techniques of Voice Therapy help clients separate from the critical inner voice and fantasy bonds (destructive emotional ties) that are limiting their lives to a considerable extent. The book highlights the profound impact that the fear of death has on all of us, largely on an unconscious level. The Enemy Within is a thought-provoking, valuable, and timely contribution to psychotherapy, psychology, and the other social sciences.

Publisher: Zeig, Tucker, & Theison, Inc.

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Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion

by Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D., Lisa A. Firestone, Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, M.A.


Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion offers a compilation of therapeutic insights that are valuable in achieving a better way of living. It describes a unique experience in applied psychology whereby a group of individuals challenged a wide range of defensive behaviors and transformed their lives. The authors indicate how these insights can be applied by therapists in clinical practice. This book is a comprehensive guide for helping professionals and other people who are interested in personal development, deepening friendships, sustaining intimacy in couple relationships, and developing healthy child-rearing practices. It points out the value of leading a life marked by adventure and recreation, transcendent goals, and spiritual exploration, and offers fresh views on the past, present, and future of psychotherapy.

Publisher: American Psychological Association

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Beyond Death Anxiety: Achieving Life-Affirming Death Awareness

by Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, M.A.

Beyond Death Anxiety: Achieving Life-Affirming Death Awareness assists mental health practitioners in helping their clients learn to accept and face their mortality. This book describes the many defenses of death anxiety, and suggests methods to cope directly with fears of death; an approach that, ironically, can lead to a greater appreciation of life.

It also examines the many destructive consequences of death anxiety, including introversion, depression, and withdrawal from life. Throughout, the authors demonstrate the importance of achieving what they call life-affirming death awareness.

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

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The Ethics of Interpersonal Relationships

by Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, M.A.

The Ethics of Interpersonal Relationships examines the source of destructive behavior and how it manifests itself in personal relationships between couples, families and in the social arena. It presents a position that offers a hope of altering the destiny of humankind’s unethical behavior. The different sections of the book discuss an innovative approach to ethics, coping with unethical ways of living, destructive lifestyles, and ethical and unethical societal practices. In the introduction, the authors write, “Identifying destructive behaviors and faulty programming in family life and society, developing insight into the relationship between defenses and aggressive responses, and offering a method to counteract destructive trends constitute a challenge to what many people consider to be humankind’s basically unethical nature.”

Publisher: Karnac Books  

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The Self Under Siege – A Therapeutic Model for Differentiation

by Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D., Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, M.A.

The Self Under Siege asks: How much of our identity or “self” is truly representative of our own wants, needs, and goals in life and how much does it reflect the desires and priorities of someone else? Are we following our own destiny or are we unconsciously repeating the lives of our parents, living according to their values, ideals, and beliefs? In this thought-provoking book, Robert Firestone and his co-authors explore the struggle that all of us face in striving to retain a sense of ourselves as unique individuals. The self is under siege from several sources: pain and rejection in the developmental years, problems in relationships, detrimental societal forces, and existential realities that affect all people. The theory outlined in this book integrates the psychodynamic and existential approaches underlying Voice Therapy and is enriched by research findings in the neurosciences, attachment research, and terror management theory (TMT). It offers a new perspective on differentiation and the battle to separate ourselves from the chains of the past.

Publisher: Routledge

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Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice 

A Revolutionary Program to Counter Negative Thoughts and Live Free From Imagined Limitations

by Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. with Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D. and Joyce Catlett, M.A.

Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice offers means for dealing effectively with negative thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs that are barriers to one’s personal development, sabotage relationships, and interfere with career success. This book provides insight into the destructive thought process, or “critical inner voice.” It offers the general reader, as well as therapists, the means for dealing effectively with negative thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs that are barriers to one’s personal development, sabotage relationships, and interfere with career success. The chapters outline methods that help individuals identify and counter the voice’s profound influence so they can live more fulfilling lives, develop their own ideals, values, and priorities, and embark on their own search for meaning in life.

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

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