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Stop Overreacting : Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions
by Judith P. Siegel


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Why is it that some people can reflect and respond to stressful situations in an honest but calm way, and others simply explode? Why do some people cling to interpretations of events that are exaggerated or even distorted? According to Judith Siegel, the answers to these questions are deeply rooted in our past memories, but habitual overreaction can be overcome by facing these memories and recognizing the emotional triggers that cause us to lose control.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Why is it that some people can reflect and respond to stressful situations in an honest but calm way, and others simply explode? Why do some people cling to interpretations of events that are exaggerated or even distorted? According to Judith Siegel, the answers to these questions are deeply rooted in our past memories, but habitual overreaction can be overcome by facing these memories and recognizing the emotional triggers that cause us to lose control.

Stop Overreacting presents Siegel's model for coping with intense reactions to difficult or overwhelming emotions. First, readers examine their unprocessed feelings about past events in their lives and discover how past relationships and events have continued to influence their current interpersonal relationships and needs. The book explains the concepts of splitting (seeing things in black and white and acting accordingly) and flooding (reacting to all similar intense emotional experiences in the past, rather than focusing on the instance at hand). Then, readers learn new skills for neutralizing emotional triggers and returning to the moment when they feel overwhelmed instead of lashing out or retreating into depression and/or anxiety. This book specifically addresses challenges in parenting, intimate relationships, and the work environment.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781572247239
  • ISBN-10: 1572247231
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publish Date: July 2010
  • Page Count: 188
  • Dimensions: 8.94 x 6.27 x 0.46 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.61 pounds


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Books > Self-Help > Mood Disorders - General
Books > Psychology > Emotions

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-08-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

A marriage and family therapist, and associate professor at NYU’s Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, Siegel became interested in neurobiology, the connection between the brain and emotions, when she saw first-hand the self-destructive impact of overreactions on not only those who suffer them, but on their family, friends, and co-workers as well. Using extensive research, poignant and identifiable case studies from her own 30 years of clinical experience, and pointed inquiries and exercises, Siegel painstakingly examines the why and how of overreacting. Since ”mind and body, present and past are all parts of the puzzle that make up an emotional overreaction,“ the memories and defenses we have assembled since childhood, coupled with the way our parents dealt with problems and handled stress, help determine whether we "cry, rage, withdraw or become deeply pessimistic" when pushed to react. With analysis for understanding what triggers these behaviors, chapters that tackle stressful home and workplace situations, and methods for challenging old emotional memories and harmful family myths or expectations, Siegel’s call to action will help overreactors, and anyone who suffers them, to stop. (July)

 
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