Psychology And The Economic Mind: Cognitive Processes and Conceptualization

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Springer Publishing Company, Oct 21, 2002 - Medical - 256 pages

This book elaborates on a multidimensional model of decision-making that applies to how individuals make "mundane decisions." Decisions about pursuing relationships, exercise, work, or anything where people might have to "invest" time or behavioral effort are examples. The author utilizes cognitive-developmental theory to understand how children and adolescents make sense of economic inequality.

This modern portfolio theory model of decision-making applies economic concepts to everyday life and may help us understand why individuals differ in their willingness to take risks. It also contributes to our knowledge of personality disorders such as depression and mania.

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Robert L. Leahy, PhD, is President-elect of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy, the Founder and Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City ( and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell University Medical School. He is Editor of "Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy "and he serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy and with the Executive Board of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Leahy's recent books include "Cognitive Therapy: Basic Principles and Applications, Practicing Cognitive Therapy, Treatment plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders "(with Holland), "Overcoming Resistance in Cognitive Therapy, Bipolar: A Cognitive Therapy Approach" (with Newman, Beck, Reilly-Harrington, & Gyulai) and "Clinical Advances in Cognitive Psychotherapy" (ed. with Dowd).

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