Emotional First Aid Summary
Hi, welcome to Bookey. Today we will unlock the book Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries.
We take medicine when we have a cold, and we dress our wounds when we are injured. We all know how to take care of our bodies, but we often turn a blind eye to psychological injuries. Everyone, at one point or another, experiences feelings of rejection, loneliness, frustration, or low self-esteem. These are psychological pains that we should not ignore. Fortunately, there is a mental health medical kit that allows us to cure ourselves. This book tells us how to alleviate pain and pull ourselves together with just a few simple steps.
There is a well-known novella called Letter from an Unknown Woman, written by Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. It tells the story of R, a famous novelist, who receives a letter on his fourty-first birthday from an unknown woman. In the letter, the woman claims to have first encountered the talented novelist when she was thirteen, and to have been deeply in love with him for the following eighteen year. As an adult, she sought out the writer again and, without revealing her identity, spent several nights with him. These few brief encounters led to the birth of a boy, who eventually passed away from the flu. The woman, devastated and herself seriously ill, used the last moments of her life to write the letter and confess her love to the writer. The novelist had no recollection of the woman, and could not remember their encounters at all.
The tragedy of this story makes us wonder under what mental circumstances the woman made all of her decisions. Why did she never identify herself to the writer in those eighteen years? Maybe it was because of her low self-esteem, her fear of being rejected, her rumination or her loneliness. These things destroyed her life. While her illness might have technically killed her, her mental distress effectively prevented her from living.
So, you see, emotions can have tremendous power. Extreme emotions not only affect our physical wellbeing, they also destroy our lives. So, it is really important for us to pay attention to changes in our mental state and prepare a mental health medical kit to help us when necessary.
The author of this book, Dr. Guy Winch, has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from New York University and is a licensed psychologist. He has been studying ways to alleviate people’s psychological stress for many years. The book we are sharing with you today contains the strategies he has developed to treat psychological injuries. The book combines his years of clinical practice and cases with the latest scientific research.
This book contains seven types of emotional crises and their corresponding first aid treatments. The crises are rejection, loneliness, low self-esteem, rumination, guilt, failure and loss. If you have ever encountered any of these crises, you can use the treatments in this book to help yourself. You can also use them to help the people around you. It must be said that this is an amazing book, and it can help make our lives better.
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