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Failure to Launch


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Foreword Introduction Section 1: Background & Theory Chapter 1: What is Failure to Launch? Chapter 2: 22 is the new 18 Chapter 3: So are they Narcissistic, entitled, or just a bunch of a$%hol&s? Chapter 4: The Loving Enabler Section 2: Underlying Mental Health Issues Chapter 5: Mood Disorders & Anxiety Chapter 6: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Chapter 7: Pervasive Developmental Disorders Chapter 8: Substance Abuse Section 3: Moving the Immovable Object Chapter 9: Why Change? What is My Motivation? Chapter 10: "What Do You Want To Do Now That You Are Grown Up?" Chapter 11: Career and Life Coaching Chapter 12: Empowering the parent Section 4: It's Now Up to the Family Chapter 13: Preparing For Launch Chapter 14: The Launch Pad Chapter 15: Clearing the Tower Chapter 16: Houston ...We Have a Problem Chapter 17: Houston...We Have Lift-Off Afterword

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Michael D. DeVine is a licensed professional counselor supervisor who is co-owner of a private psychiatric practice in Plano, Texas. In addition to Michael's private practice, Michael is a business consultant, advisor to local schools/organizations, public speaker, and co-owner of the website Michael received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Otterbein University and his Master's degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas. Lawrence V. Tucker, MD, is a licensed psychiatrist who is co-owner of a private psychiatric practice in Plano, Texas. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, as well as a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He practices in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders including attention deficit disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, brain SPECT imaging, and addictionology.


"Michael DeVine has done it! The challenges of a science/practitioner model have been one of the most hotly debated topics in psychology for decades-i.e. the rigors of academic science vs. the practice of psychology. Yet, in Failure to Launch, DeVine takes us on a journey to understand narcissism today by incorporating both the science and practice of psychology. Through DeVine's honest and lucid writing style, he integrates counseling theory, family systems theory, psychiatry, and cutting edge neurological research. With ease, he guides us to an understanding of how his generation bridges the `Baby Boomers' and the `Millenials.' He writes with passion and verve. The case examples are wonderfully clear examples of real life happening all around us. This is a book for everyday people and those of us honored and privileged enough to work with narcissism as it is seen today through the eyes of a brilliant young mind-a mind willing to mirror the truth back to us, even when we prefer not to see it. This book is a must read for any professional with `stuck' individuals, as well as their families who often unwittingly contribute to the `failure to launch.'" -- Larry Bugen, PhD, private practice, author of "Stuck on Me, Missing You: Getting Past Self-Absorption to Find Love"
"The topic of dependent adult children is one that needs to be addressed. Clinicians who work with the young adult population have long been forecasting this generational issue of a 'failure to launch.' Thus, it is no surprise that Michael's work is filling a need for clinicians at just the right time. Michael has done his research. While this book looks at the sociological dynamics of the trend of overly dependent adult children, Michael also provides concrete, practical ways in which clinicians can address this problem. For this reason and many more, I strongly recommend Michael Devine's Failure to Launch." -- Roger L. Johnson, CMAT, private practice, co-owner of

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