Joseph Burgo (Author)

 

Joseph Burgo PhD
Joseph Burgo

Joseph Burgo began writing short stories when he was 12 years old, wrote and published his first fantasy novel with Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster) at the age of 23, and then went on to become a clinical psychologist and author of self-help books. His articles and commentary have appeared in major publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and USA Today, as well as on sites such as CNN, CNBC, Forbes, and Glamour. He also contributes regularly to Psychology Today and writes the popular blog After Psychotherapy where he discusses personal growth issues from a psychodynamic perspective.

 

As a clinician, he has practiced psychotherapy for more than 30 years, holding licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist. He earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA and his masters and doctorate at California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles. He is also a graduate psychoanalyst and has served as a board member, officer and instructor at a component society of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He continues to practice psychotherapy by Skype with clients around the world.

Returning to his fiction roots, he is now at work on an epic fantasy series entitled The Illuminariad. VACILLIAN is the first installment in the series.

Why Do I Do That?:

Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives Paperback – October 26, 2012

by Joseph Burgo Ph.D.  (Author)

Joseph Burgo Why Do I Do thatWhy Do I Do That? is a self-help book for people who don’t usually buy self-help books.

Instead of offering cognitive-behavioral techniques for dealing with anger, or affirming strategies to boost self-esteem, this self-help book adapts the basic methods of psychodynamic psychotherapy to a guided course in self-exploration, highlighting the universal role of defense mechanisms in warding off emotional pain.  Even the best self-help books tend to stay on the surface, helping readers to modify their conscious thoughts and behaviors.  Why Do I Do That? instead probes deeply into the unconscious.

With easy-to-understand explanations, the first part teaches you about the unconscious mind and the role of psychological defenses in excluding difficult feelings from awareness. Individual chapters in the longer middle section explore the primary defense mechanisms one by one, with exercises to help you identify your own defenses at work. The final part offers guidance for how to “disarm” your defenses and cope more effectively with the unconscious feelings behind them.

Psychological defense mechanisms are an inevitable and necessary part of the human experience; but when they become too pervasive or deeply entrenched, they may damage our personal relationships, restrict or distort our emotional lives and prevent us from behaving in ways that promote lasting self-esteem.

Why Do I Do That? promotes self-help for readers who want to improve their relationships, manage their emotional lives more effectively and develop authentic self-esteem that will last.  If you find that even the best self-help books lack depth and fail to instigate lasting change, this psychodynamic self-help book may be for you.

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