Living Through Personal Crisis

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-15
  • Publisher: Idyll Arbor

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All of us suffer personal crisis. It may be a death, divorce, job loss or other financial crisis, a broken love relationship, or an illness - any painful experience that forces us to re-examine and change our lives so that our grief can be overcome and new happiness be found. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Ann Kaiser Stearns, Ph.D., is the author of ôCounseling the Grieving Personö in the textbook, Pastoral Counseling; the best-selling Living Through Personal Crisis (published in seven languages); Coming Back ù Rebuilding Lives After Crisis and Loss; and Living Through Job Loss. She has authored articles on police officer and first responder exposure to traumatic events ù risk factors and resilience ù as well as a case study on resilience in the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury. Dr. Stearns is a noted professor of psychology who has received awards for ôExcellence in Teachingö from Loyola College, Johns Hopkins University, and the Maryland Psychological Association. Earlier in her career, she was a chaplain at Michigan State University and a behavioral scientist in the Family Practice Residency Program at Franklin Square Hospital. She is a longtime Professor of Psychology at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), and also continues to teach veteran officers at the Baltimore County Police Academy. She lectures widely around the country and has been interviewed on more than 200 radio and television programs in the U.S. and Canada.

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Editionp. ix
Preface to the New Editionp. xiii
A Personal Notep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Not To Be Afraidp. 1
Things Will Never Be the Samep. 11
Feelings of Guilt and Self-Blamep. 19
Unrealistic Guiltp. 21
Realistic Guiltp. 25
Moving beyond Guilty Feelingsp. 29
Physical Expressions of Lossp. 33
Anxietyp. 33
Aches and Painsp. 35
Appetitep. 36
Sleepp. 37
Anger and Bitterness Can Be a Good Signp. 41
Angerp. 41
Childhoodp. 43
Interrupted Lifep. 46
Protestp. 47
Dealing with Angerp. 49
What One Gets Is What One Resistsp. 55
Delayed Mourningp. 56
Please Don't Misunderstandp. 62
The Importance of Self-Caring Activitiesp. 68
Friendsp. 69
Empathic Personsp. 71
Basic Care Providersp. 73
Destructive Peoplep. 75
Sexual Needsp. 78
Avoiding Major Decisionsp. 80
Anticipating Difficult Days and Datesp. 82
Expecting Unexpected Troublep. 85
A Slow Readjustment Back to Life and Workp. 87
Time Away from Workp. 88
Daily Routinesp. 89
The Awful Kindnesses of Othersp. 92
Unusually Prolonged Griefp. 98
Atonement Themesp. 100
A Suffering "Script"p. 104
A Fateful Constellation of Eventsp. 107
Idealizationp. 109
When Professional Help Is Neededp. 111
My Storyp. 111
A Soldier's Storyp. 113
A Childhood Lossp. 114
Too Much Crisis All at Oncep. 115
A Traumatic Lossp. 116
Unspeakable Griefp. 119
Finding Professional Helpp. 121
Sometimes Medication Is Neededp. 124
Time Does Heal - But There Are Always Scarsp. 126
Following Loss - the Fear of More or Still Greater Lossp. 128
Reliving Old Lossesp. 129
Delayed Happinessp. 131
Some Survival Defenses Become a Way of Lifep. 132
Battle Stripesp. 134
Cue Points for Evaluating Your Own Healing Processp. 136
The Ability to Cope with Lifep. 137
Symbols of Transitionp. 138
Learning from the Lossp. 140
Moving Forwardp. 142
Integrating the Lossp. 143
From out of the Ashes...New Lifep. 146
Resurrectionp. 148
What You Have Experienced Belongs to Youp. 149
Life Is What It Isp. 152
Moving forward: Stories of Hope and Triumphp. 154
Tony: Triumph in the Aftermath of 9/11p. 155
Lynn: A Cluster of People Helped Her Triumphp. 160
Derek and Renée's Healing Journeyp. 163
Appendix: Commonly Asked Questions about Crisisp. 172
Responding to Othersp. 172
Helping a Bereaved Childp. 178
Why We Don't Cryp. 181
Lonelinessp. 182
Nighttime Mourningp. 183
Denialp. 184
Suicidal Cluesp. 185
Bitternessp. 186
Social Withdrawalp. 187
Prolonged Idealizationp. 188
Abortionp. 189
Healthy Spiritualityp. 191
Notesp. 193
For Further Readingp. 201
Indexp. 203
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