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Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance

by Tian Dayton

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Yes, self-help books are my guilty pleasure! I like Tian Dayton's work because so much of what she says resonates in my own life (unresolved emotional pain from the past showing up in present relationships) and that her writing is easy to understand and clear without veering into jargon and psychobabble. This book, based on the concept of "emotional sobriety" is largely based on the author's experiences as an adult child of an alcoholic (ACOA), but is applicable to nearly anyone who has face significant trauma in relationships. (As they say, if you have parents, you need therapy.) This book outlines Dayton's approach to emotional sobriety (the antithesis to the "dry drunk"--the sober alcoholic who still hasn't resolved old pain) and balance. Dayton's experiences with 12-step programs obviously influenced her work here, but I didn't feel that she was in any way suggesting that 12-step programs were the only way to achieve emotional sobriety. The book ranges from chapters on anger to grief to trauma, healing, spirituality, recovery, and more. If I have any criticism of this book, its that its subject matter is so expansive that its hard for Dayton to address each topic as profoundly as I wished. However, each topic itself could probably be its own book, so having them in short and easily digestible pieces helped! ( )
  lisamunro | Nov 17, 2013 |
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