Any time we interact with another human being, we are in a process of establishing, maintaining, disrupting, reconciling, or ending a relationship. Whether between friends, lovers, family members, colleagues, teachers and students, or employees and customers, we navigate a wide range of relationships every day. Relationship challenges can run the gamut from passive issues, like differences in communication styles, to active ones, such as a breach of trust. When we investigate these with curiosity, we sometimes begin to see patterns to the challenges we experience, and these can point us toward resolution.
Every day, we face challenges in relationships, sexuality, money, work, and health. While there is a wealth of information and advice available on all of these subjects, we still have trouble turning knowing into doing.
Psychological Defenses in Everyday Life is a rich resource that broadens personal understanding by examining the origins of childhood misery, subsequent defense formation, and the pervasiveness and destructiveness of the resulting maladaptive, addictive behaviors in adults.