Finished Business

Finished Business

A Neuropsychoanalytic Account of Recovery from Complex Trauma, Fibromyalgia, and an Eating Disorder

by Patrick Dust


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Is There Really Such a Thing as “Mind Over Matter”?

Ever wondered about the connection between psychological and physical illness? We sense that the mind and the body don’t exist in separate spheres, that at some deep level they are fused and interrelate constantly in our daily lives. Finished Business takes our curiosity about this reality to a new level with a passionate focus on two psychosomatic phenomena: fibromyalgia syndrome and an eating disorder. The roots of these conditions are examined in one person’s experience of complex childhood trauma. Employing the interdisciplinary lens offered by the powerful new method of Neuropsychoanalysis, this volume confronts head on the realities of early abuse, lost love, identity dysregulation, and physical illness. Reaching beyond, it forges a means for repair, a healthy autonomy, and an experience of recovery. The memoir of Part One opens up wounds from the past and confronts the demons of childhood. Part Two describes a post-therapy period in which the examined life yields the first fruits of a recovery. Part Three engages some of the most exciting, cutting-edge knowledge of the brain available today and connects critical issues concerning trauma and health with a nascent neuroscience of the whole person. Part Four, titled “Afterthoughts,” deals with memory reconsolidation, epigenetics, dissociation, and the creative unconscious. Finished Business will appeal to those who know the rigors of mind/body challenges, to clinicians, researchers, and indeed, to anyone who has pondered the enigmas of our mesmerizing body/brain/mind existence.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 530 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 09, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478789115
ISBN13: 9781478789116
Genre: MEDICAL / Neuroscience

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Patrick DustPatrick H. Dust is a Ph.D in the Humanities (Literature and Philosophy) who taught at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Upon his retirement from teaching, Professor Dust turned his attention to his first love, psychology, and found grist for his intellectual mill in the emerging discipline of Affective Neuroscience. He believes that science and the humanities are like siblings who can complement one another in a practical, mutually beneficial relationship. He lives in the beautiful Sonoran desert of Southern Arizona with his wife Carole, where they are happily addicted to movies, music, friends, and thinking.
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