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Robert Firestone



Robert W. Firestone, PhD, is an American clinical psychologist and author who has pioneered work in developmental theory relating to intimacy, attachment, and the power of our internal thought patterns in living a full life.

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Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice: A Revolutionary Program to Counter Negative Thoughts and Live Free from Imagined Limitations

The inner critic is the voice in our heads that whispers, whines, and needles us into poor self-esteem and self-confidence. It edits our thoughts, controls our behavior, and inhibits our actions.

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Psychalive Presents: Dr. Robert Firestone on The Fantasy Bond

Dr. Robert Firestone discusses the fantasy bond. The fantasy bond is a form of self-parenting and self-protection that offers an illusion of pseudo-independence at the expense of real relating.

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Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships

Illustrates how experiences and messages from our parents during childhood create internal defenses that, in turn, support negative views of ourself and others.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThat is why in adult life, people generally tend to relive rather than live, that is, to repeat the patterns of the past and defend the primary fantasy in the defiance, and avoid the real gamble or real adventure of taking a chance on something new.

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An Overview of Separation Theory

Separation Theory integrates psychoanalytic and existential systems of thought by showing how early interpersonal pain, and separation anxiety and later death anxiety lead to the development of powerful psychological defenses.

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Dr. Robert Firestone on Critical Inner Voices and the Negative Identity

Dr. Robert Firestone describes the Critical Inner Voices underlying a negative identity.

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The Fantasy Bond: Structure of Psychological Defenses

This book offers a hypothesis centering around the concept of the “Fantasy Bond,” an illusion of connection formed with the mother and later with significant others in the individual’s environment.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe purpose of the false self is to defend against pain—not deal with reality.

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Death Anxiety and the Coronavirus

The ultimate tragedy of the human condition is our awareness of our inevitable mortality.

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Dr. Robert Firestone on Developing Self-Compassion

Dr. Robert Firestone talks about the importance of self-compassion and being a good friend to yourself.

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