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The Quest to Feel Good - Paul R. Rasmussen

The Quest to Feel Good

Hardcover Published: 9th June 2010
ISBN: 9780415965316
Number Of Pages: 293

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Emotions, rather than simply being the result of random or disordered biochemical processes, are adaptive mechanisms that are often overly relied upon as a function of basic learning processes. The Quest to Feel Good helps the reader understand that negative emotions serve a critical adaptive purpose that functions in relation to onea (TM)s ultimate desire for a felt-positive state. Paul Rasmussen addresses the role of emotions as adaptive components, in combination with cognitive and behavioral processes, to our overall orchestration of life. To this end, the therapist is directed to use a clienta (TM)s negative affect as a means of guiding critical therapeutic conclusions and decisions. Rasmussen emphasizes an integration of the basic premises of Adlerian psychology with the evolutionary-imperative model presented by Theodore Millon (1990, 1999). This integration is used to explain the primacy of emotions in the manifestation of most clinical conditions. This critical integration and focus makes the volume important, necessary, and unique to mental health professionals. Case examples and illustrations are also offered throughout the text.

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"This is one of those rare books written for professionals as well as everyone else who seeks happiness in their lives. Rasmussen's genius lies in helping us understand the meaning and purpose of emotional response and adaptation. I predict that this will be a foundational work that will inspire psychological research, guide counselors and therapists through diagnosis and psychotherapy, and help everyone who reads it get their Z-Factor on." - James Robert Bitter, East Tennessee State University, USA; author, The Theory and Practice of Family Therapy and Counseling

"While much has been written on the topic, this book is a brilliant contribution to the study of emotions. Some highlights include the section on the physiological foundations, which has an excellent section on neurotransmitters, biochemical imbalances, and the diathesis-stress interaction; Sections III and IV, which are helpful in describing clinical implications; and `Shortcuts to joy and happiness,' a helpful antidote to an often stress-filled world." - Daniel Eckstein, PhD, Professor, Medical Psychology, Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Dutch-Antilles, West Indies

"Dr. Rasmussen has done a masterful job in addressing the power and purpose of `validating' and `compelling' emotions and how counselors and therapists can facilitate emotional reorientation with clients. Although based primarily from an Adlerian theoretical framework, Rasmussen draws from diverse theoretical and research literatures in a highly integrative manner, making this a valuable book for clinicians, regardless of their theoretical perspective." - Richard E. Watts, PhD, Professor of Counseling; Director, Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Counselor Education, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; Editor, Counseling and Values and the Journal of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling; Author, Interventions and Strategies in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. 3
The Z-Factorp. 11
Implications of the Z-Factor on the Discussion of Psychopathologyp. 21
Considering Treatment Resistancep. 23
Connecting Physiology and Psychologyp. 24
Theoretical Foundations
The Evolutionary Imperativesp. 29
The Imperativesp. 31
Existencep. 31
Accommodationp. 34
Reproductionp. 36
Individual Psychology: The Perspective of Alfred Adlerp. 39
A Description of Alfred Adlerp. 39
A Theoretical Overviewp. 40
Rudolf Dreikurs and the "Striving for Belonging"p. 43
Importance of Childhood and Parentingp. 44
Nichesp. 45
Early Recollectionsp. 48
Organ Inferiorityp. 49
Family Influencesp. 50
Family Atmospherep. 50
Family Valuesp. 50
Guiding Linesp. 51
Parental Stylep. 51
Environmental Opportunityp. 52
Maladaptive "Style of Life" Consisting of Lack of Social Interestp. 52
Subjective View of Reality-Fictional Finalismp. 53
Intermediate Beliefsp. 58
Adler's View of Psychopathologyp. 61
Life Tasksp. 61
Workp. 62
Social / Friendshipsp. 63
Love / Sexp. 63
Self-Care / Self-Worth / Leisurep. 64
Kin-Keeping (Parenting and Care of Others in One's Charge)p. 65
Spiritualityp. 65
Declarations of Defeat (Giving Up) and Displays of Inadequacyp. 68
Striking Out / Sharing the Misery / Revengep. 70
Indulgence (Compulsive Stimulation Seeking)p. 72
Self-Blamep. 74
Sideshows (Including Diversion, Fantasy Escape, Overcompensation, and Guilt)p. 75
Misdirectionp. 78
Summaryp. 79
Physiological Foundationsp. 81
Symptoms versus Disorderp. 85
Treatment Implicationsp. 87
Limbic Systemp. 92
Neurotransmitter and Hormonal Imbalancesp. 92
Neurotransmittersp. 93
Causes of Biochemical Imbalancesp. 94
Treatments Based on the Chemical Imbalance Hypothesisp. 95
Hormonal Factorsp. 97
Behavior Geneticsp. 100
Primary Reaction Tendencies and Temperamentp. 103
Impact of Temperamentp. 106
Brain Dysfunctionp. 107
Injuries and Diseasep. 107
The Impact of the Biological Viewpointp. 108
The Diathesis-Stress Interactionp. 108
Summaryp. 110
Emotional Basics
Emotions, Feelings, and Motivationp. 115
A Brief Historical Overviewp. 115
Emotions and Motivationp. 118
Positive and Negative Reinforcementp. 121
Emotions as a System Organizerp. 123
Emotions as a Feedback Mechanismp. 125
Emotions as Communicationp. 127
Conscious Control of Emotionsp. 130
The Adaptive Unconsciousp. 131
Emotions as a Behavior Moderatorp. 134
Mood States and Mood Fluctuationsp. 135
Emotions in Combinationp. 138
Two General Categories of Emotion: Those That Validate and Those that Compelp. 139
Individual Differences in the Expression of Emotionsp. 140
Why Focus on Emotionsp. 142
Validating Emotions
The Validating Emotionsp. 149
Joy / Happiness: The Celebration Feelingsp. 152
Shortcuts to Joy and Happinessp. 155
Caveatsp. 156
Contentment: The Satisfaction Feelingp. 156
Love: The Bonding Emotionp. 158
Pride: The Accomplishment Emotionp. 164
Summaryp. 165
The Compelling Emotions
Threat Emotionsp. 171
Fear and Anxietyp. 172
Panic: The Crisis Emotionp. 176
Anguish: The Troubled Emotionp. 178
Surprise: The Novelty Preparation Emotionp. 182
Dread: The Escape Emotionp. 183
Fascination: The Interest and Fear Emotionp. 183
Summaryp. 184
The Protest and Fighting Emotionsp. 185
Frustration: The Protest Emotionp. 186
Anger: The Obstacle Removal Emotionp. 190
Anger Controlp. 192
Rage and Hostility: The Revenge Emotionsp. 193
Summaryp. 194
Psychological Distancing Emotionsp. 195
Contempt: The Social Distancing Emotionp. 196
Self-Contempt: The Intrapersonal Distancing Emotionp. 199
Disgust: The Rejecting Emotionp. 205
Summaryp. 206
The Affiliation Emotionsp. 207
Embarrassment: The Social Rule Violation Emotionp. 207
Humiliation: Severe Social Rule Violation Emotionp. 210
Shame: The Unacceptability Emotionp. 210
Jealousy: The Status or Relationship Threat Emotionp. 213
Greed: The Acquisition Emotionp. 214
Envy: The Desire / Conveting Emotionp. 215
Lust: The Sex Emotionp. 216
Hurt: The Injured Self Emotionp. 217
Guilt: The Relationship Maintenance Emotionp. 218
Resentment: The Fairness Emotionp. 220
Disappointment: The Unfulfillment Emotionp. 221
Summaryp. 222
The Withdrawing Emotionsp. 225
Sadness: The Loss Emotionp. 225
Sorrow / Grief: The Terminal Loss Emotionp. 227
Depression: The Retreat Emotionp. 228
The Advantage of Depressionp. 233
Summaryp. 234
Treatment Uses
Emotional Reorientation: A Clinical Strategyp. 237
Stage 1: Lifestyle Analysis and Interpretationp. 240
Stage 2: Reorientationp. 240
Case Examplep. 244
Reorientationp. 246
Summaryp. 248
The Adaptive Purpose of Emotional Expressionp. 251
Compelling Emotions-Feelings that Compel Actions Necessary to Alter Our Life Circumstancep. 251
Compelling Emotions and Awarenessp. 257
Validating Emotions-Feelings that Allow us to Revel in the Positive Aspects of Lifep. 258
Emotional Self-Control (Instructions)p. 259
Emotional Self-Control (Worksheet)p. 261
The Three Purposes of Emotionp. 263
Referencep. 265
Author Indexp. 275
Subject Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780415965316
ISBN-10: 0415965314
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 293
Published: 9th June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1