In Psychological Defenses in Everyday Life, Dr. Robert W. Firestone shares the
wisdom and compassion of his thirty years as a clinical psychologist, expounding
complex psychological theory in direct and illuminating prose. Important insights on
the origins, pervasiveness, and destructiveness of the defensive process are set
forth to elaborate upon both the pain and joy of human existence.
The authors point the way toward reversing the damaging process that keeps an in-
dividual from experiencing genuine satisfaction while maintaining feelings of com-
passion for oneself and others. Numerous case histories show how people
ultimately reject love and companionship with their mates and families for an imag-
ined connection or an illusion of security.
Psychological Defenses in Everyday Life is a rich source of information and enlighten-
ment for broadening our understanding of ourselves, and enabling change toward
positive, constructive behaviors.
The book clearly demonstrates that:
"people can achieve a richer, more meaningful life by facing the reality of social
pressures, their defenses, and the reality of finite existence.