Pauline Wallin, Ph.D.

Taming Your Inner Brat

People say or do things, even though they know better, that they later regret. And that mistake is likely to happen over and over again. There are specific reasons why people repeat such patterns. The reasons are embodied in a concept called the "inner brat." Not a psychiatric diagnosis, this inner brat is nevertheless responsible for getting people into trouble with themselves and others. But it's important to remember that the brat is an inner one, not an outer one. This book is about personal responsibility. People are not victims of their impulses, addictions, or bad memories. No longer can we say, "The devil made me do it" or "It's my parents' fault." Taming Your Inner Brat explains the psychological sources of the inner brat, rooted in early childhood, and why bratty thoughts, feelings, and behaviors persist. The book also addresses social and cultural conditions that encourage the self-centeredness and sense of entitlement upon which the inner brat thrives. The book teaches readers how to recognize the inner brat and acquire specific strategies and skills, based on the latest research from experts in the field, to bring it under control.

Published: June 12, 2012
PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1-58270-050-8
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches