Beyond the Frustrated Self (Karnac, 2014)

This book is about the existential consequences of avoidant attachment. Our capacity for intimate relationships, our emotional intelligence, mental health and even physical health are shaped by the sort of relationships we have with our parents in childhood. These early attachment patterns continue to affect us as adults. About 40% of the population suffers from various forms of insecure attachment. This book focuses on an everywoman character whose relationship style is the avoidant class of insecure attachment and we see how this affects her relationships, capacity to feel, susceptibility to stress and depression, and her memory and sense of self. The book offers some ways of regaining a sense of fulfilment out of her dry, soulless and blocked patterns.

Here are some reviews:

Therapy Today

Inside Out

Eisteach Autumn 2014 p.26, not yet available on line


PCI College blog April 2014

For a podcast of a radio interview about the book go to under the title "Dowds on Attachment"