Reinventing Your LifeForeword by Aaron Beck, M.D.
2. Which Lifetraps Do You Have?
3. Understanding Lifetraps
4. Surrender, Escape, and Counterattack
5. How Lifetraps Change
6. "Please Don't Leave Me!": The Abandonment Lifetrap
7. "I Can't Trust You": The Mistrust and Abuse Lifetrap
8. "I'll Never Get the Love I Need": The Emotional Deprivation Lifetrap
9. "I Don't Fit In": The Social Exclusion Lifetrap
10. "I Can't Make It on My Own": The Dependence Lifetrap
11. "Catastrophe Is About to Strike": The Vulnerability Lifetrap
12. "I'm Worthless": The Defectiveness Lifetrap
13. "I Feel Like Such a Failure": The Failure Lifetrap
14. "I Always Do It Your Way!": The Subjugation Lifetrap
15. "It's Never Quite Good Enough": The Unrelenting Standards Lifetrap
16. "I Can Have Whatever I Want": The Entitlement Lifetrap
17. A Philosophy of Change
Jeffrey E. Young, PhD, serves on the faculty of the
Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is director of
the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York as well as the Schema
Therapy Institute. Dr. Young founded schema therapy, and is a
founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Young has
lectured and presented workshops on cognitive and schema therapies
for the past 25 years and consistently receives outstanding
evaluations internationally for his teaching skills. He has
published extensively, including two major books, Schema
Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide, for mental health
professionals, and Reinventing Your Life, a bestselling
Dr. Young is coauthor of a psychotherapy outcome study evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive therapy in comparison to antidepressant medication. He has also served as consultant on many cognitive and schema therapy research grants, including the NIMH Collaborative Study of Depression, and on the editorial boards of journals including Cognitive Therapy and Research and Cognitive & Behavioral Practice. For his exceptional teaching skills, Dr. Young was awarded the prestigious NEEI Mental Health Educator of the Year award in 2003.
Janet S. Klosko, PhD, Codirector of the Cognitive Therapy Center of Long Island, in Great Neck, New York, is senior psychologist at the Schema Therapy Institute and at Woodstock Women's Health in Woodstock, New York.
Praise for Reinventing Your Life
"Several of the most painful petards upon which people become hoisted during an unhappy childhood are neatly dispatched here by two cognitive therapists, who attack 11 common 'lifetraps'-destructive patterns that underlie a variety of emotional problems. Young and Klosko ably demonstrate how to deal with issues of abandonment, dependence, trust, social rejection, emotional deprivation, failure and vulnerability. They provide meaningful case histories, perceptive descriptions, diagnostic tests and a variety of nugget-sized, easily understood lists detailing the causes, danger signs and effects of negative impulses and actions, as well as ways to short-circuit them."-Publishers Weekly
"Using illustrations from case studies, the authors describe each lifetrap, discuss its origins in childhood experience, and provide a questionnaire for self-assessment. They then offer a program for change using techniques ranging from experiential (getting in touch with your inner child) to cognitive (writing a 'case' against your lifetrap) and behavioral (identifying specific behaviors to be changed)."-Library Journal