The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience
Contemporary life has come to include 1. working too much, 2. sleeping too little, and 3. feeling disconnected from partners and family (largely because of 1 and 2.) Our health and relationships suffer (as does our work.) As author Ciaramicoli shows, this state of affairs can be changed — while maintaining high performance success. His simple and realistic, yet powerful and profound techniques show readers how to use empathy to perceive accurately, use CBT to correct distorted thinking, and trigger our own neurochemistry to produce calm, focused energy. He developed this unique, three-pronged approach over 35 years working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and addictions. Over and over again, he has helped sufferers overcome old hurts and combat performance anxiety, fears, and hypervigiliance. Ciaramicoli’s is a truly pioneering approach, and one that offers new promise to readers facing a variety of stress-based concerns.
Why do so many of the most accomplished, successful, and admired people in the world remain unhappy and unfulfilled in spite of their achievements? If you feel that way, according to Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, former Harvard Medical School instructor, you may suffer from performance addiction–the belief that perfecting appearance and achieving status will secure the love and respect of others.
If you achieve for the sake of achieving . . . if you feel removed from your family and friends . . . if your work has become a burden and the demands seem relentless . . . if you feel as if what you do is never good enough, this breakthrough book can change your life.
In Performance Addiction, Dr. Ciaramicoli explains the psychological factors that lead to this problem and then gives you the tools you need to overcome it. Revealing insights gleaned through his research and clinical practice, he helps you determine if you are a performance addict and the level of your addiction, giving you action steps and a prescriptive program to achieve lasting happiness and success at home and at work.
Featuring enlightening questions, writing exercises, and self-evaluations throughout, this hands-on guide shows you how to trace the origins of your addiction and replace your belief system with a more balanced life.
You’ll be privy to intimate discussions between Dr. Ciaramicoli and many of his clients who have come to terms with their addiction. These case studies will allow you to have the confidence, knowledge, and tools to:
- Balance your work and your personal life
- Discover how remarkable it is to be “ordinary”
- Resist the lure of glamour and the quest for glory
- Value relationships in terms of love and friendship rather than status and image
- Be happier, more secure, and more satisfied with your life
The Power of Empathy
The Power of Empathy shows how people can use empathy as an assessment tool in all their relationships. Empathy can signal when people are well-intentioned and when they are deceitful. It gives us the skill to read people accurately and negotiate with insight and wisdom. It can shield people from manipulative strangers and strengthen the bonds between loved ones. It is a capacity that has been overlooked, underused, and misunderstood for too long. Both prescriptive and narrative, The Power of Empathy provides a practical framework for anyone to use empathy to better his or her life.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli believes that empathy is the driving force behind love-and that its power goes vastly unrecognized by most people. His book, The Power of Empathy, is an important new resource for people who hope to enrich their emotional lives, improve their communication skills, and explore the spiritual dimensions of the human capacity for love. While traditional relationship books emphasize loving each other and oneself, Ciaramicoli explains that they overlook the critical fact that love itself needs help-and that empathy is the solution. But empathy can do more than attract and foster love, it can be used to offer hope and solace when someone is in despair, rebuild a relationship that has been torn apart by misunderstanding, and restore confidence, trust, and faith in ourselves and others who have lost their sense of self.
The Curse of the Capable
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Discover what achievers all over the world are realizing. The story you created about yourself early in life, which is part fiction, is having a dramatic impact on your present lifestyle–how you think and live.
The assumption that all capable people in our culture have peace of mind and are satisfied with their life course is commonplace. Is this notion true? Not always. In fact millions have fallen prey to a belief system that says appearance and status provide the golden road to love and respect. In an attempt to perfect themselves, they are hiding their self doubt through constant achievement at the cost of losing balance and well-being.
Suffering from being overwhelmed emotionally and physically, exhausted and fatigued, often with the health complications of being overweight; they have felt deeply disappointed.
The Curse of the Capable describes how a biased view of yourself can lead to a fragile sense of self, addictive thinking and behavior, and a seemingly mysterious downward spiral that the majority of people can’t see or untangle.
Treatment of Abuse and Addiction
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli articulates a holistic model for cost-effective, outpatient treatment of clients whose multiple presenting problems include patterns of addiction following histories of abuse. A strong therapeutic alliance and a clear map of expectations are crucial to movement from the level of medically acute care toward sustained, elective, supportive care. Recognizing the interaction of intrapsychic, interpersonal, and societal dynamics, Dr. Ciaramicoli’s design relies on both individual and group modalities to build self-esteem. Toward consolidating, stabilizing, and enriching the therapeutic gains, it endorses a spectrum of alternative tools from physical fitness and herbal medicine to spirituality.
Beyond the Influence : Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism
by Katherine Ketcham, William F. Asbury, Mel Schulstad, Arthur P. Ciaramicoli
Paperback – 320 pages (April 4, 2000)
Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd Pap); ISBN: 0553380141 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.03 x 9.17 x 6.13
BEYOND THE INFLUENCE offers a cutting-edge look at how to treat alcoholism, updating and expanding the research and arguments first presented 18 years ago in Under the Influence, which has sold 800,000 copies.
BEYOND THE INFLUENCE explains that alcoholism is a disease of the body, not a weakness of character. Drawing on the latest scientific studies, the authors present new research on the central role of genetics and neurotransmitters in addiction. Provocative and eye opening, compelling and compassionate, Beyond the Influence is not only a message of hope for alcoholics-it is a blueprint for saving lives.