Linehan, Marsha.

Building a life worth living : a memoir / Marsha M. Linehan. - New York : Random House, 2021. - xvii, 357 p.

Reprint. Originally published: 2020.

Foreword by Dr. Allen Frances -- Part one. Building a life experienced as worth living -- Descent into hell -- I will prove them wrong -- A traumatic invalidating environment -- A stranger in a strange land -- I had to leave Tulsa -- Part two. On my way to Chicago -- Intellectual and spiritual transformations -- The path to thinking like a scientist -- My enlightenment moment in the Cenacle Chapel -- I have proved my point! -- Love that came and went, came and went -- A suicide clinic in Buffalo -- The development of behaviorism and behavior therapy -- Fitting in at last: small fish in a big pond -- What have I done? -- Finding a nurturing community -- Like a fish on a hook -- Finding a therapist, and an ironic twist -- Part three. A thumbnail sketch of DBT -- Finding my feet in Seattle and learning to live an anti-depressant life -- My first research grant for behavior therapy and suicide -- Science and spirituality -- My fight for tenure -- The birth of dialectical behavior therapy -- Dialectics: the tension, or synthesis, between opposites -- Learning acceptance skills -- Not just acceptance-radical acceptance -- Good advice from Willigis: keep going -- Becoming a zen master -- Trying to put zen into clinical practice -- Mindfulness: we all have wise mind -- DBT in clinical trial -- Part four. The circle closes -- A family at last -- Going public with my story: the real origins of DBT.

"Over the years, DBT had saved the lives of countless people fighting depression and suicidal thoughts, but Linehan had never revealed that her pioneering work was inspired by her own desperate struggles as a young woman. Only when she received this question did she finally decide to tell her story. In this remarkable and inspiring memoir, Linehan describes how, when she was eighteen years old, she began an abrupt downward spiral from popular teenager to suicidal young woman. After several miserable years in a psychiatric institute, Linehan made a vow that if she could get out of emotional hell, she would try to find a way to help others get out of hell too, and to build a life worth living. She went on to put herself through night school and college, living at a YWCA and often scraping together spare change to buy food. She went on to get her PhD in psychology, specializing in behavior therapy. In the 1980s, she achieved a breakthrough when she developed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, a therapeutic approach that combines acceptance of the self and ways to change. Linehan included mindfulness as a key component in therapy treatment, along with original and specific life-skill techniques. She says, “You can’t think yourself into new ways of acting; you can only act yourself into new ways of thinking.”" Marsha Linehan tells the story of her journey from suicidal teenager to world-renowned developer of the life-saving behavioral therapy DBT, using her own struggle to develop life skills for others.

9780812984996 (paperback) 0812984994 (paperback)

Linehan, Marsha.

Teenagers -- Suicidal behavior -- Biography. -- United States
Psychotherapists -- United States -- Biography.
Suicidal behavior -- Prevention.

WZ100 / .L56 2021

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