Discussing the outsized role that fear, anxiety, and other distressing emotions play in forming fundamental aspects of who we are.
Using recent findings from neuropsychology, this new book in the best-selling Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology shows that who we are psychologically starts with the early presence of an easily aroused fear/anxiety system. It goes on to discuss how clinicians can view people’s difficulties with self-confidence and identity, and how self-destructive patterns can be traced back to these systems and what clinicians can do to help. It also touches on intergenerational transmission of trauma, as well as people’s responses to COVID-19, PTSD, and real and imagined threats.
About the Author
Efrat Ginot, PHD, is a psychologist-psychoanalyst and supervisor in New York City.
Our Anxious Selves masterfully distills the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, making it accessible to a wide audience. Ginot’s book has deepened my understanding of the anxiety and trauma I see in my clients and has altered the ways we work together. It has helped me to process and heal my own family dynamics. This book should be read by every practitioner in psychology’s allied fields—coaches, chaplains, clergy, spiritual directors, and healers.
— Gretchen Martens, Ontological Coach, Spiritual Companion, and Reiki Master
This is a book about the unconscious roots of fear and anxiety that reads like a novel! In her inimitable, engaging style, Ginot combines neuroscientific research with clinical material, illustrating how, while fear-reactions and anxiety are inevitable parts of life, we can live our lives to the fullest despite anxiety’s presence. With rates of anxiety having risen dramatically across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a tremendously timely and valuable book for therapists, educators, and anyone who wishes to successfully and adaptively ease the grip of anxiety. — Irit Felsen, Professor, Columbia University and clinical psychologist, private practice