This publication is part of our general recovery series, a set of books designed for parents and others to help children and their families through difficult life events. In The Psychology of Healing, we discuss the basic principles of psychology as they relate to adversity and family recovery, providing a foundation that can be applied towards any life event.
Most of us spend our lives at the mercy of our experiences. Tugged around like a puppet on a string to the whims and actions of others. Yet the reality is that even severely negative events are most often limited in nature, and the harm they bring about - which we erroneously attribute to the event itself - is more often than not a product of our own catastrophic thoughts or unrealistic modes of thinking. Others can do hurtful things that make us feel bad in the moment. Yet it is we who tend to keep this hurt alive and torture ourselves long after an event is over and done with.
The good news is that this means most of the suffering you, your family, or your children endure can be diminished or even eliminated, if you learn how to confront the negative mental states that keep people trapped in despair. Even just having a rudimentary understanding of how psychology works to produce negative emotions has been shown to bring about an immediate reduction of negative feelings by at least 25%. (Ellis & Powers, 2000) By the time you're through with this book, we hope to help your family achieve reductions in psychological distress that far exceed 25%.
Finally, we would like to say that we are an organization of volunteers, and we work hard in our spare time to try and put forth materials that will benefit our readers. Thus, we'd love to hear your feedback about how this book has helped your family, or how we can improve our materials so that they better help other families in the future. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to the address below. We hope you enjoy the book!