By Judith P. Siegel, Ph.D.
Why are some people able to reflect and respond to stressful situations calmly, while others explode?
Why do some people cling to interpretations of events that are exaggerated or even distorted?
According to the author, 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 a model for coping with intense reactions to difficult or overwhelming emotions. 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).
You’ll learn new skills for neutralizing emotional triggers and returning to the moment when you feel overwhelmed instead of lashing out or retreating into depression and/or anxiety.
This book specifically addresses challenges in parenting, intimate relationships, and the workplace.
200 pages. Softcover. 6 x 9. 2010.