Expert help on overcoming feelings of embitterment
More about the book
Embitterment is an emotional reaction anyone can have to injustices, humiliation, and breaches of trust. We have probably all encountered embitterment in ourselves or others at some time in our lives. Like other feelings, feelings of embitterment normally subside, but in some cases they can persist and cause a great deal of suffering. When these feelings take control of your life and you can’t let go of the past negative events in your life, then support is needed.
This book helps you understand what embitterment is and how it can come about. It will also help you detach from these negative feelings and find ways to better deal with the hurtful situations, including learning to look to the future. You will learn about problem-solving strategies that focus on the psychology of wisdom and the development of wisdom, which include identifying facts and problem solutions, changing perspectives, self-relativizing, and emotional empathy. It has been scientifically proven that wisdom is a good remedy for embitterment.
This book is ideal support for anyone suffering from embitterment or for family, friends, or colleagues who want to learn how to support someone to not stay stuck in these difficult feelings.
The materials for this book can be downloaded from the Hogrefe website after registration.
Helpful information for practitioners is provided in the accompanying book Embitterment, Posttraumatic Embitterment Disorder, and Wisdom Therapy.
From the reviews
"Anyone who is struggling with feelings of embitterment will find this book to be a wonderfully accessible description of the psychological state of embitterment that is replete with stories of the dangers and consequences of this emotional response. The exercises and examples the book presents will help readers develop a deeper understanding of their responses and to consider strategies for coping better with this challenging and complex emotional state."
Heidi M. Levitt, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, USA
"In their book How to Overcome Embitterment by Wisdom, Christopher Arnold and Michael Linden provide a comprehensive description, using real-life case examples, of an emotion known to us all – embitterment. This book is a powerful lever to foster learning about embitterment: how it arises, what triggers it, its consequences, and when you should seek professional help. The expert authors also highlight the importance of “wisdom,” a skill that we can all cultivate to “escape” from embitterment. The authors have fused together findings from their clinical practice and research with the real world to produce an innovative book that is highly accessible to everyone. I am sure that not only people suffering from embitterment but also researchers and clinicians working in this field will benefit greatly from reading it."
Evie Michailidis, PhD, Psychology Department, University of Nicosia, Cyprus