Healing The Unaffirmed (Rev)
Why do so many patients fail to respond to psychiatric therapy? Be¬cause not all disorders are caused by the repression of emotions. The authors have shown convincingly that a specific syndrome de¬velops when a person has been deprived of affirming love. Analytic or solely cognitive or behavioral therapies do not bring lasting healing, or are of no avail in these unaffirmed persons, since they have never repressed their feel¬ings. Anti-depressants, shock therapy, or other therapeutic interventions of¬ten only worsen their suffering. What the unaffirmed person needs is affir¬mation therapy, which entails far more than simply giving “T.L.C.” Rather, this therapy involves the healing of the whole person—body, mind and spirit. The discovery of this well-defined syndrome of emotional deprivation dis¬order is most important. In our permissive, rarely repressing society, the num¬ber of patients who respond well to classical psychoanalysis is steadily de¬clining. The number of unaffirmed persons, however, is increasing at an alarming rate. Unaffirmed parents rear unaffirmed children, causing symp¬toms such as depression, anxiety, feelings of uncertainty, inferiority, and worthlessness—bringing some even to the point of suicide. Others “fight back” through their futile efforts at self-affirmation. Recognizing emotional deprivation disorder is the first step in correcting, through affirmation, many grave individual and global ills. Authentic affirmation brings about peace, self-confidence and joy.