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The Self In Process : Toward A Post-Rational Cognitive Therapy - Vittorio F. Guidano

The Self In Process

Toward A Post-Rational Cognitive Therapy

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Published: 1st February 1991
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In this powerful work, Dr. Guidano critiques the separation of observer and observed, shows how the very meaning of "self" is thus redefined, and delineates the clinical ramifications of the newly conceived self for a "post-rationalist" cognitive therapy. Clinicians, according to Guidano, can do more than help patients change dysfunctional behavior. By directing therapy toward core emotional themes and utilizing the interactional aspects of the therapeutic relationship, practitioners can modify patients' core patterns of self-perception and thereby realize substantive and lasting change. Part I of the volume lays the theoretical groundwork and Part II, replete with case examples, discusses psychotherapeutic applications. In the first part, Guidano explicates his construct of the self, examining the differentiation of self-boundaries, discussing developmental pathways of self-organization, and describing the impact of self-boundaries on lifespan development. In Part II, he constructs his post-rationalist framework for cognitive therapy with discussions of the therapist's attitude, assessment procedures, self-observation method, and the structure and dynamics of therapeutic change. Case illustrations demonstrate how the practitioner, whom he views as "a strategically oriented perturber," can prepare the clinical and interpersonal context; focus and reorder immediate experiencing; and help the patient reconstruct his or her affective style.

"This is a creative and thought-provoking work, rich in theoretical ideas and clinical insights, which are well illustrated with extensive case material. At the heart of Guidano's approach lies a passionate and rigorous commitment to a constructivist epistemology and to a view of human beings as self-organizing, self-determining agents, capable of ongoing growth and differentiation. A stimulating and original contribution." --Jeremy D. Safran, Ph.D. This is a creative and thought-provoking work, rich in theoretical ideas and clinical insights, which are well illustrated with extensive case material. At the heart of Guidano's approach lies a passionate and rigorous commitment to a constructivist epistemology and to a view of human beings as self-organizing, self-determining agents, capable of ongoing growth and differentiation. A stimulating and original contribution.' --Jeremy D. Safran, Ph.D. "In this book, Guidano provides psychologists, and therapists in particular, a fresh way to conceptualize the role of affect in human experience." --"Contemporary Psychology"

Theoretical Premises
Selfhood Processes: An Ontological Approach
The Differentiation of Self-Boundaries
The Self-Organization of Personal Meaning Dimensions
Self-Boundaries and Lifespan Development
Psychotherapeutic Principles
A Post-Rationalist Framework for Cognitive Therapy
Preparing the Clinical and Interpersonal Context
Construing the Therapeutic Setting
Undertaking the Developmental Analysis
Concluding Remarks
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ISBN: 9780898624472
ISBN-10: 0898624479
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 237
Published: 1st February 1991
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51