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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: An edited volume with contributions from many of the great minds in the field of psychotherapy, this second edition brings to its 1985 precursor the perspective of a field that has developed a greater appreciation of the role of thought in psychic growth and change.
Purpose: If the practical beginnings of the use of cognitive therapy date to people like Beck and Ellis in the 1960s, the first edition of this book might reflect the awareness of a young adult with limited experience, reflection, and ongoing dialogue with those of other psychotherapeutic persuasions. Twenty years after the first edition, this book reflects a mature insight into the centrality of cognition in human behavior and emotion, not just by cognitivists, but by thinkers of various psychotherapeutic schools.
Audience: Although its primary audience is those who practice psychotherapy, the book would serve as an excellent text in cognitive theory. It could also be read for pure pleasure by those who are interested in the development of thought.
Features: After a section providing a theoretical foundation for the role of cognition in psychotherapy, three sections on cognition from psychodynamic, cognitive, and contemporary therapeutic approaches demonstrate quite effectively an understanding of the topic from within these diverse frameworks.
Assessment: This brilliant book combines both the most important contributors as authors as well as skilled editors whose use of words and ability to place the topics in an overall philosophical context offer intellectual delight.