Illusion and Reality: The Meaning of Anxiety (Psychology/self-help)

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9780094774407: Illusion and Reality: The Meaning of Anxiety (Psychology/self-help)

An examination of the roots and causes of psychological distress.

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David Smail was a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS and Special Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

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"Illusion and Reality is a particular gem in David Smail’s oeuvre. It’s a book I’ve recommended or loaned to people in therapy with me more than any other; it addresses the common, and often disabling, predicament of anxiety and does so in a way that is a model of humanity and compassion. It is also genuinely freeing. Its chapter titles are revealing: "The Myth of Normality," "The Reality of Threat," "Shyness and the Self as Object," and "The Possibility of Undeception." I love this last one, with that marvellous new word, so simple, yet so apt. It’s a fine example of a strong strand of his project, of restoring to people a respect for their own subjectivity, 'to take heed of one’s intuitive sensitivity' and, by implication, to challenge the false objectivity that is so prevalent in the culture." (Paul Gordon, member of the Philadelphia Association and author of The Hope of Therapy and Face to Face: Therapy as Ethics)

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