Why Does This Keep Happening To Me?

Why Does This Keep Happening To Me?

The Seven Crisis We All Experience and How to Overcome Them

I Can't Believe This Is Happening to Me...Again!
"Why does this keep happening to me?" is the question most commonly asked by those entering psychotherapy for the first time. Whether we can't stop dating the wrong guy or taking the wrong job, gaining and losing weight, or getting into debt, it is the repeating patterns in our lives that cause us the most pain and frustration. Now author and psychologist Alan Downs shows us all how we can break these cycles...for good!
After fifteen years of working with people from all walks of life -- including executives, homemakers, young adults, and the elderly -- Dr. Downs has identified seven crises that every one of us will face at some point during our lifetime. In Why Does This Keep Happening to Me?, Downs uses his revolutionary Crisis Quiz to show us which of these crises is at the root of our repeating behavior. Downs includes quizzes, exercises, and real-life examples to help us resolve universal issues, including
  • Who will I share my life with?
  • Why can't I believe in myself?
  • How can I become my own person?
  • What does it all mean?

With wisdom and compassion, Downs leads us from recognition to recovery, showing us how we can apply our new knowledge and triumph over destructive patterns, breaking the cycle once and for all.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743223690 | 
  • January 2002
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When the Story Keeps Repeating

"Why do I keep marrying men who turn out to be jerks?"

"Why do I keep losing and then gaining weight?"

"Why do I always end up working for a creep?"

"Why can't I ever seem to get ahead financially?"

"Why am I always fighting with my kids?"

"Why am I disappointed with my life more often than not?"

"Why can't I seem to break free from this awful rut?"

Do you find yourself worried about why your life seems to be going in circles, rather than moving forward? Are you sometimes a little panicked by the prospect that you may never end this seemingly unending chain of... see more

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