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House Of Cards

Author: Robyn Dawes
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439188880
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Robin Dawes spares no one in this powerful critique of modern psychotherapeutic practice. As Dawes points out, we have all been swayed by the "pop psych" view of the world--believing, for example, that self-esteem is an essential precursor to being a productive human being, that events in one's childhood affect one's fate as an adult, and that "you have to love yourself before you can love another."

Everyday Irrationality

Author: Robyn Dawes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429980310
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Robyn Dawes defines irrationality as adhering to beliefs that are inherently self-contradictory, not just incorrect, self-defeating, or the basis of poor decisions. Such beliefs are unfortunately common. Witness two examples: the belief that child sexual abuse can be diagnosed by observing symptoms typically resulting from such abuse, rather than symptoms that differentiate between abused and non-abused children; and the belief that a physical or personal disaster can be understood by studying it alone in-depth rather than by comparing the situation in which it occurred to similar situations where nothing bad happened. This book first demonstrates how such irrationality results from ignoring obvious comparisons. Such neglect is traced to associational and story-based thinking, while true rational judgment requires comparative thinking. Strong emotion--or even insanity--is one reason for making automatic associations without comparison, but as the author demonstrates, a lot of everyday judgment, unsupported professional claims, and even social policy is based on the same kind of irrationality.

Manufacturing Victims

Author: Tana Dineen
Publisher: Montréal : R. Davies Multimedia
ISBN: 9781552070321
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Dr. Tana Dineen, after thirty years in the profession, has written an unflinching critique of Psychology. Manufacturing Victims, now fully revised and updated, has been heralded as an expose of the way the discipline has become corrupted by the vested interests of its practitioners. Book jacket.

The Myth Of Psychotherapy

Author: Thomas Szasz
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815603134
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This intriguing book undercuts everything you thought you knew about psychotherapy.

The Village Effect

Author: Susan Pinker
Publisher: Vintage Books Canada
ISBN: 0307359549
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In her surprising, entertaining and persuasive new book, award-winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience and longevity. From birth to death, human beings are hard-wired to connect to other human beings. Face-to-face contact matters: tight bonds of friendship and love heal us, help children learn, extend our lives and make us happy. Looser in-person bonds matter, too, combining with our close relationships to form a personal "village" around us, one that exerts unique effects. And not just any social networks will do: we need the real, face-to-face, in-the-flesh encounters that tie human families, groups of friends and communities together. Marrying the findings of the new field of social neuroscience together with gripping human stories, Susan Pinker explores the impact of face-to-face contact from cradle to grave, from city to Sardinian mountain village, from classroom to workplace, from love to marriage to divorce. Her results are enlightening and enlivening, and they challenge our assumptions. Most of us have left the literal village behind, and don't want to give up our new technologies to go back there. But, as Pinker writes so compellingly, we need close social bonds and uninterrupted face-time with our friends and families in order to thrive--even to survive. Creating our own "village effect" can make us happier. It can also save our lives.

Energy Psychology

Author: Michael Mayer, Ph.D.
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583944117
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Energy Psychology presents a comprehensive approach to healing that combines leading-edge Western bodymind psychological methods with a broad system of ancient, sacred traditions. Incorporating Dr. Mayer's integral approach called Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy, Energy Psychology draws on Chinese medicine approaches, including Qigong and acupressure self-touch; kabalistic processes; methods drawn from ancient traditions of meditation and postural initiation; and psycho-mythological storytelling techniques.Drawing on thirty years of training in Tai Chi and Qigong, Dr. Michael Mayer shows how integrating the essences of these traditions and methods can restore vitality and give the average person self-healing tools for physical and mental health. Unlike the quick-fix books on energy restoration, this book uses timetested, age-old practices from sacred traditions in combination with well-established clinical approaches. Dr. Mayer teaches readers bodymind healing methods to treat anxiety, chronic pain, addictions, hypertension, insomnia, trauma, and other prevalent conditions. Written in a clear, intelligible style, Energy Psychology includes real-life case studies that highlight the effectiveness of his techniques. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Against Therapy

Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Publisher: Untreed Reads
ISBN: 1611873762
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In this ground-breaking and highly controversial book, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson attacks the very foundations of modern psychotherapy from Freud to Jung, from Fritz Perls to Carl Rodgers. With passion and clarity, Against Therapy addresses the profession's core weaknesses, contending that, since therapy's aim is to change people, and this is achieved according to therapist's own notions and prejudices, the psychological process is necessarily corrupt. With a foreword by the eminent British psychologist Dorothy Rowe, this cogent and convincing book has shattering implications.

The Symptom Context Method

Author: Lester Luborsky
Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn
ISBN: 9781557983541
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"From a leading pioneer in short-term psychotherapy and psychotherapy research comes this innovative examination of a long-neglected topic - symptom formation in the context of clinical practice. Symptoms, psychological and psychosomatic, are what motivate many patients to come to treatment, yet this is the first and only collection and analysis of recurrent symptoms in psychotherapy; it leads to a new theory of the necessary conditions for symptom formation." "Those who have examined symptom conditions have typically done so retrospectively through patient recall, or, less frequently, through behavioral recordings made by the patient near the time the symptom occurs. Both of these methods make interpretations of symptom onset conditions questionable because of the problem of memory distortion and subjectivity. In this volume, Dr. Luborsky describes the symptom-context method of gathering data as symptoms arise in vivo in the psychotherapy session. Transcripts of sessions are examined in light of each patient's symptom versus nonsymptom (control) segments, using controlled clinical ratings, scoring methods (both psychological and physiological), and background context."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

People As Living Things

Author: Philip Julian Runkel
Publisher: Living Control Systems Publ
ISBN: 0974015504
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Runkel links Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) thinking to psychological literature and discusses it against that background.

House Of Cards And Philosophy

Author: J. Edward Hackett
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119092779
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House of Cards depicts our worst fears about politics today. Love him or loathe him, Frank Underwood has charted an inimitable course through Washington politics. He and his cohorts depict the darkest dealings within the gleaming halls of our most revered political institutions. These 24 original essays examine key philosophical issues behind the critically-acclaimed series--questions of truth, justice, equality, opportunity, and privilege. The amoral machinations of Underwood, the ultimate anti-hero, serve as an ideal backdrop for a discussion of the political theories of philosophers as diverse as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Marx. From political and corporate ethics, race relations, and ruthless paragmatism to mass media collusion and sexual politics, these essays tackle a range of issues important not only to the series but to our understanding of society today.