I am pleased to feature Joan Woodward’s book “Discover Attachment Theory”.
You do not need to be a psychologist, therapist, counsellor or such to appreciate this book.
If you are interested what makes us (and perhaps you in particular) ‘tick’ than you will gain some very interesting insights.
Thirty years ago, Joan Woodward coined the phrase ‘Neurotic Solutions’ as a way of describing, how we all develop our highly individual ‘sense of self’ as a result of how we respond to our relational (ie attachment) experiences from birth onwards.
In the intervening years, and through her work as a psychotherapist, Joan became interested in the people who have deeply rooted patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving which come from their ‘sense of self.’
These deeply rooted patterns of behaviour can often cause us severe suffering; yet we may find them too painful and difficult to change.
Her book outlines what she has learnt.
Joan’s purpose is to enable readers to understand and think about the process of ‘Neurotic Solutions’ and to apply what they learn to the ways they relate to themselves and to others. This short book gives her enlightening and highly readable thoughts on ‘Neurotic Solutions,’ updating and clarifying her previous work.
Written in straightforward language, and accessible to the average reader, Discover Attachment Theory is the first of a series of short books which will show how Attachment Theory can be relevant to everybody.
In her closing paragraph, Joan provides a view on the therapy process, which I wholeheartedly recognise and support.
I believe there is no ‘miracle answer’ or ‘cure’ because eventually each person has to finally become their own therapist.
They need to become gradually confident that, however hard their struggle to change has been, they have found a way of recognising their own painful patterns of thinking and behaving.
I believe above all that they need to understand its source in a way that makes sense to them. In this way, they have come to see how and why it has dominated so much of their lives.
What matters is that this process will help them to feel calmer, stronger and more in control of themselves. This comes from proper evaluation of their ‘sense of self.’
It is this that gives them a realistic sense of security, which they feel belongs to them. It cannot be taken away by anyone or anything.
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