Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN 10: 1538125404
ISBN 13: 978-1538125403
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN 10: 1538125390
ISBN 13: 978-1538125397
In Deconstructing Anxiety, Pressman provides a new and comprehensive understanding of fear's subtlest mechanisms. In this model, anxiety is understood as the wellspring at the source of all problems. Tapping into this source therefore holds the clues not only for escaping fear, but also for releasing the very causes of suffering, paving the way to a profound sense of peace and satisfaction in life.
With strategically developed exercises, this book offers a unique, integrative approach to healing and growth, based on an understanding of how the psyche organizes itself around anxiety. It provides insights into the architecture of anxiety, introducing the dynamics of the “core fear” (one's fundamental interpretation of danger in the world) and “chief defense” (the primary strategy for protecting oneself from threat). The anxious personality is then built upon this foundation, creating a “three dimensional, multi-sensory hologram” within which one can feel trapped and helpless.
Replete with processes that bring the theoretical background into technicolor, Deconstructing Anxiety provides a clear roadmap to resolving this human dilemma, paving the way to an ultimate and transcendent freedom. Therapists and laypeople alike will find this book essential in helping design a life of meaning, purpose and enduring fulfillment.
This book explores a truly profound and important area and does so in a wonderfully readable, enjoyable fashion. Its central point is well expressed by the Upanishads: ‘Where there is other, there is fear.’ This notion is greatly expanded upon and creatively explored in the book, with the purpose of helping the reader overcome fear altogether, replacing it with the original, ultimate, and ever-present Oneness...whole, coherent, and unified. -- Ken Wilber, author of Integral Meditation
Fear distorts our perceptions, imprisoning us in views of ourselves and the world that limit our lives and rob us of joy. In this remarkably comprehensive exploration, Dr. Pressman helps us look clearly at our fears and learn not only to face, but to transcend them. Integrating insights from diverse psychological traditions, ancient wisdom teachings, and years of clinical practice, he outlines a step-by-step process by which we can unravel our fears, reexamine our assumptions, and find lasting fulfillment. This book can help clinicians and lay people alike free their hearts and minds to live a happier, freer, richer, life. -- Ronald D. Siegel, assistant clinical professor of psychology, Harvard Medical School and author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems
Fear is the basic cause of anxiety, depression, anger and guilt . . . indeed, the stress reactions that are the cause of virtually all illness. Deconstructing anxiety is the key to health and happiness. This book gives you that key. -- C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., Founding President, American Holistic Medical Association
I have a personal appreciation for the tremendous impact of anxiety, fear and phobia, so I welcome this “workbook” approach written by my wonderful friend, Todd Pressman. I know Todd to be a comforting and calming person, very forthright and refreshing. It is delightful that he is sharing his personal, clinical and spiritual wisdom with us in this book. This is an important resource that must get out to people! -- Raymond Moody, author of Life After Life
Todd Pressman posits that there is a Universal Oneness, a transcendent experience of fulfillment we all shared. With the rise of fear and anxiety, this original state was shattered, separating us from it and one another. In Deconstructing Anxiety, Pressman takes us on an archeological dig down through the many strata of our fears and defenses to unearth the one core fear at work below all others. More importantly, he helps us find the courage to face it head on, that we may find our way back. -- Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
A really fascinating book. I’ve never encountered a deeper analysis of fear than what Todd Pressman offers in Deconstructing Anxiety. As he weaves together many strands of psychology and other disciplines, he exposes the lies of fear that shatter our connection with fundamental wholeness. In doing so, Pressman offers a detailed plan to turn the tables and discover lasting peace. -- Seth J. Gillihan, author of The CBT Deck and A Mindful Year
Kudos! A truly excellent book…A great book for clients and therapists. Dr. Pressman provides insight and clarity for working through the root causes of crippling anxiety/fear that block a more fulfilling life. -- Peter Gariti, former clinical associate professor of psychiatry in social work, University of Pennsylvania
An extraordinary work of love, insight and wisdom. This book weaves together various psychological models, neurophysiology, philosophical perspectives and historical references, to create a thorough and intimate approach to dealing with the fear that limits our ability to be our best. What is unique and refreshing about this work are the concrete exercises, practices and interventions, with case examples, illustrating the unique process Dr. Pressman offers us from his heart. -- Bernardo Merizalde, psychiatrist, assistant clinical professor, Thomas Jefferson University
Todd Pressman is visionary in creating ground-breaking strategies to dismantle the stronghold of anxiety. His work has the potential to promote an “evolutionary shift”….In distilling human conflict to its fundamentals of fear versus fulfillment, he provides practical strategies to embrace emotional freedom and curate productive ways of relating to the world. From a personal and professional perspective, the tools from Deconstructing Anxiety have provided lasting outcomes with numerous emotional dividends. -- Christine Batra, psychotherapist
Dr. Todd Pressman provides us with a book that this troubled world longs to have. With a unique integration, he maps a path for the future understanding of the human condition we are all destined to experience. This book will serve those dedicated to the healing fields as well as those seeking deeper spiritual expression. -- Richard Simon, Spiritual Director and Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion
About the Author
Todd E. Pressman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, speaker, and author in the field of holistic approaches to healing and growth. He is the founder and head of Pressman and Associates at Logos Wellness, a psychotherapy center. Pressman specializes in the treatment of complex anxiety disorders, and has worked with Olympic athletes and CEOs. His seminar, “Deconstructing Anxiety: A Powerful New Approach to Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders”, is offered for continuing education credit to mental health professionals across the country. In addition to his work as a therapist, he has served on the Speakers’ Bureau of the American Heart Association, the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports, and was a member of the Board of Directors for Horizon House, a national program in psychosocial rehabilitation for those who suffer from developmental disabilities.