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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This book speaks to an important element in human change, looking at current conceptions of insight from many different theoretical perspectives.
Purpose: The authors seek to define insight, review important research, and consider how to facilitate it for the purpose of linking it with changed behavior and improved mental health and functioning. The contributing authors meet their goals of creating an exhaustive, contemporary consideration of the subject of insight.
Audience: This is a largely theoretical work, suitable reading for graduate students, academicians, and interested clinicians. The contributors are distinguished in their field and write with great command of the subject.
Features: The book is divided into sections that are arranged in a logical, easy to use manner. The early chapters seek to define insight according to theoretical perspectives and modalities of psychotherapy. Thorough discussions of empirical research follow, and the book also addresses important clinical issues surrounding the role of the therapist in fostering insight and linking it with behavioral change.
Assessment: This is a unique book on a subject of great interest to clinicians and academics in psychotherapy. The topic of insight is mercurial, hard to stabilize and pin down. The contributors' lively discussions do justice to this important clinical issue.