Bath of Steel: The Erasure and Regeneration of Marginalised Psychologies

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Author House, Feb 11, 2012 - Education - 514 pages
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Attachment Theory, the Self Medication Hypothesis and Individual Psychology are brought together to revitalize marginalized men. “Bath of Steel” shows how therapy validates trauma through building a purpose by finding a meaning to live. This is the psychological escape ladder from chronic depression. Drawing on Frankl, Adler, Stack Sullivan, Bowlby, Khantzian, Winnicott and Fromm, hope is kindled. Then a practical therapeutic team intervention from skilled life builders harnesses this energy to create a custom built future. This is a psychologically informed environment. Detailing early traumatic lives through 40 case histories of homeless men Dr. Dean Whittington PhD illuminates the various self medication strategies used to obliterate memories. Substance use allows these men to negate meaninglessness through creating a psychological withdrawal from the world. Psychologists, psychotherapists, psychopathologists, social policy makers, gender practitioners, criminologists and “addiction” experts will all find this revelatory.

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Dr. Dean Whittington PhD is a Harley St. Practitioner, a specialist in “addictions.” Instead of seeing addictions as genetic dispositions of despair he builds hope in perceiving them as self medication strategies for underlying unease. He works across the spectrum with men and women to find a meaning and then a solution. Self medication; substance use, alcohol, self harm, eating disorders, sexual addiction and general malaise camouflage a desire to fend off various guises of meaninglessness ranging from active forgetting to obliteration. The author of “Beaten into Violence” is a pioneering psychotherapist who unraveled the chaos existing behind the fronts of hard men who had hard lives in the former South East London docklands. In “Bath of Steel” based on four years working in a men’s homeless hostel in Central London he illuminates the lives of marginalized men. He descends into their traumatic lives emerging with insights on how men can be released from psychological imprisonment. Working across cultures he shows change is possible when the framework for hope is weaved. Uncovering the blockages to emotional growth through Konnecting to the Positive within; therapy liberates people from the unformed terror of the past to inhabit their future dreams.

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