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Importance of Suffering The Value and Meaning of Emotional Discontent

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ISBN-10: 0415667801

ISBN-13: 9780415667807

Edition: 2012

Authors: James Davies

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In this book James Davies considers emotional suffering as part and parcel of what it means to live and develop as a human being, rather than as a mental health problem requiring only psychiatric, antidepressant or cognitive treatment. This book therefore offers a new perspective on emotional discontent and discusses how we can engage with it clinically, personally and socially to uncover its productive value.The Importance of Sufferingexplores a relational theory of understanding emotional suffering suggesting that suffering does not spring from one dimension of our lives, but is often the outcome of how we relate to the world internally – in terms of our personal biology, habits and…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/18/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
A preliminary enquiry into the nature of habits, drives and custom
The relational perspective on suffering
Positive and negative models of suffering: a battle for supremacy
Anaesthetic regimes and the unproblematic life
The consequences of avoiding our primary problems
Productive suffering as a ritual process
The period of transition in the ritual of productive suffering
Concluding the book
The history of the concept of the tendency for realisation
Distinguishing between productive and unproductive suffering
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index