Human Change Processes: The Scientific Foundations of Psychotherapy

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Basic Books, 1991 - Medical - 590 pages
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The mystery of how, when, and why people change lies at the heart of the therapy process. Many authors have given shape to different pieces of the puzzle. Here at last is a book that provides the integrative framework within which these pieces can fit together.Why is it so difficult for people to change? What can be done to maximize the chances for success? To answer these questions, this sweeping book travels across a vast intellectual terrain, encompassing the history of ideas about human nature, developments in the cognitive sciences, artificial intelligence, evolution, psychobiology, developmental psychology, theories of emotion, the psychology of self, and more. The author then applies the theory to practice, drawing on his wide personal experience with hundreds of clients ”in transition” to outline a model of significant change. Mahoney identifies common themes and experience patterns associated with dramatic change, emphasizing the role of emotionality and cognitive processes, and challenging long-revered notions about thinking and feeling.Here is an important work that will point researchers in new directions, will help practicing therapists adapt theoretical concepts to helping patients change, and will make fascinating reading for anyone exploring his or her own life journey.
  

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Contents

The Ultimate Ethical Frontier
3
A Brief History of Ideas
22
The Foundations and the Future of Scientific Psychology
49
Revolutions and Evolutions
67
Constructivism and SelfOrganization
95
Evolution and Human Development
118
Human Psychological Development
143
Emotional Processes and Human Experience
175
PRINCIPLES
249
Selected Techniques for Encouraging
286
The Personal Experience of Change
321
The Person and Experience of the Psychotherapist
346
Epilogue
376
References
457
Index
577
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The Self in Process
211

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About the author (1991)

Michael J. Mahoney, Ph.D., is professor and director of Clinical Training in Psychology at the University of North Texas. The author of twelve other books and numerous scientific articles, Dr. Mahoney helped pioneer the ”cognitive revolution” in psychology. Honored by the American Psychological Association as a Master Lecturer in Psychotherapy Process, Dr. Mahoney was elected Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science ”for significant theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of basic processes in human psychological development and psychotherapy.”

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