Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts

Heal small emotional injuries before they become big ones.

We all sustain emotional wounds. Failure, guilt, rejection, and loss are as much a part of life as the occasional scraped elbow. But while we typically bandage a cut or ice a sprained ankle, our first aid kit for emotional injuries is not just understocked—it’s nonexistent.

Fortunately, there is such a thing as mental first aid for battered emotions. Drawing on the latest scientific research and using real-life examples, practicing psychologist Guy Winch, Ph.D. offers specific step-by-step treatments that are fast, simple, and effective.

Prescriptive and unique, Emotional First Aid is essential reading for anyone looking to become more resilient, build self-esteem, and let go of the hurts and hang-ups that are holding them back.

Guy Winch Ph.D

Guy Winch Ph.D

Guy Winch, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, keynote speaker and author.

His books, Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts (Plume, 2014) and The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships and Enhance Self-Esteem (Walker & Company, 2011) have been translated into twenty languages, and his TED Talk Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid has been viewed over 5 million times and is rated among the top 5 most inspirational TED Talks of all time on ted.com.

He co-founded The School of Life in 2008 and Living Architecture in 2009. In 2015, he was awarded “The Fellowship of Schopenhauer”, an annual writers’ award from the Melbourne Writers Festival, for this work.One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other people’s behavior by changing one’s behavior toward them.

“We often neglect our psychological wounds until they become severe enough to impair our functioning.”

 “The more distractions we have from which to choose, the more effectively we will be able to derail the ruminative train of thoughts that plague us.”

“Much as we would like to believe we are an enlightened society, our track record when it comes to accepting those who are different from ourselves argues otherwise.”

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