A Review: Emotional First Aid by Dr. Guy Winch

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Emotional First Aid 200Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries by Dr. Guy Winch , 2013.

Guy Winch has done it again. He has written a book so practical, so down to earth and so powerful that it makes you want to slap your forehead and ask, “Why didn’t I think of¬† that?” His first book, “The Squeaky Wheel: taught us how to complain in a way that helped us get what we wanted or needed and ruffled as few feathers as possible in the process. Now he teaches us how to deal with the psychological cuts and bruises that most of us have to deal with on a daily basis. They aren’t severe enough to require professional attention but they still hurt and need healing. He walks us through a number of minor psychological¬† injuries, namely loneliness, loss and trauma, guilt, rumination, failure and low self esteem. For each of these he gives the type of wound sustained and offers a number of treatments that should give relief. He also provides exercises that help you render the treatment effectively. Further he makes it very clear if and when you need to seek professional help.

It is written with “real life” examples to demonstrate what he’s writing about and it is sprinkled with humor to make it fun to read.

The only person who should not read this book is one who has a perfect life and never experiences a setback of any kind. (If you know of one, have them call me. I’d love to meet him or her).

This book is so good I found my puppy munching away on the cover and ready to devour the pages. It was his first, and hopefully last, reading adventure.