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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Although there are a wide variety of psychological diagnoses, problems with emotion regulation cut across many diagnostic boundaries. This book explores emotional regulation and its relationship to psychopathology.
Purpose: The aim is to provide information on regulatory models, consequences of emotion regulation gone awry, and clinical approaches to treating problems with emotional regulation.
Audience: The book is appropriate for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, as well as students of these disciplines. The editors and contributing authors are well known in the field and a good fit for a book on this topic.
Features: The three sections of this book cover conceptual issues, specific topics on emotion regulation, and treatment of problems with emotion regulation. In the first section, readers will find a good breadth of coverage about relevant topics, such as models of emotional regulation, definitions and terminology, developmental origins, and neurobiology. The second section covers more specific topics that include an interesting look at the role of suppression and the consequences of this mechanism. Environmental context, as well as cognition's role in emotional regulation, is explored. A chapter dedicated to sleep disturbance and its connection with emotional dysregulation takes a biological viewpoint. The treatment chapters are an agreeable balance of empirically supported techniques and novel, cutting-edge techniques that are on the verge of moving from bench science to clinical practice. The only drawback is that the chapters are so focused on the state of the literature for these various techniques that they only minimally delve into their practical application. The references are current and the index is reasonably helpful.
Assessment: This book provides a fresh, alternative perspective on psychopathology that cuts across typical diagnostic boundaries. The information is highly relevant to psychotherapy for a variety of disorders and could be integrated into multiple therapeutic orientations. It is certainly a worthwhile addition, as long as readers realize that the translation from science to application is somewhat weak.