Break Through: Coping Skills for Chaotic Times
by Carol Kurz Walsh
Break Through, recently reprinted by Politics & Prose Bookstore, is an edited collection of articles written over a twelve-year period for Pathways Magazine, plus excepts from my book, The Art of Awakening Spirit.
Life is chaotic, often containing multiple stressors, whether from family dysfunctions, illness, death of a loved one, or the general state of our multicultural world. Even positive events result in change that can be stressful. In response to stressors we tend to develop dysfunctional defense mechanisms, to temporarily appease our emotional pain. But, the relief doesn't last for long. In order to move past merely surviving towards thriving, our challenge is to change old defense mechanisms into mature coping skills. This paperback book is a collection of articles written for "Pathways Magazine", describing the process of letting go of old defense mechanisms and developing healthy coping skills that will last a lifetime.