Psychotherapy and Science (Google eBook)

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SAGE, Oct 6, 1999 - Psychology - 208 pages
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`This book issues a challenge to anyone in the field of psychotherapy who is resigned to seeing psychotherapy as solely a service activity or an art or craft. Instead, Langs invites us to see that psychotherapy, clinical technique and practice may have intricate and fundamental conditions to the scientific laws of nature and the universe. This work will also be of value to those psychotherapists who are interested in asking research questions about the process and technique of psychotherapy. It is also a refreshing read in a postmodern era where the pursuit of validity and fundamental laws seems to have gone out of fashion' - New Therapist
  

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Contents

Part I Preparing the Way to Science
1
2 The Call to Science
8
3 Psychotherapy as a Science
12
4 Psychotherapy as a Service
22
5 Three Theories of Psychoanalysis
25
6 Resisting Science
37
Part II ModelMaking
44
8 Preparing for a New Model of the Mind
54
15 A Science Derived from Classical Physics
97
16 A First Law of Human Communication
101
17 The Lawfulness of Communicative Work
106
18 Measuring Mental Energy
110
Part IV Joining Forces with Other Sciences
116
20 Some Fresh Evolutionary Perspectives
130
21 An Evolutionary Scenario for the EmotionProcessing Mind
138
22 Universal Darwinism and the EmotionProcessing Mind
152

9 The PerceptualAnalysing Centre
60
The TwoSystem Mind
69
11 The Output Centre
73
Part III A Formal Science for Psychotherapy
78
13 The First Models and the First Results
86
14 A CrossCorrelational Study
93
23 The EmotionProcessing Mind and the Science of Immunology
158
24 Cognitive Science and Neuroscience
174
Bibliography
190
Name Index
197
Subject Index
200
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About the author (1999)

Robert Langs is a practising psychoanalyst, Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York and Honorary Visiting Fellow of Regents College, London. He is the author of over 40 books, including a full-length play entitled Freud's Birds of Prey, and some 150 papers on psychotherapy and related topics in which the quest for a science of psychotherapy and its integration with other sciences has taken a prominent place.

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