Cognitive-Experiential Self Theory

Cognitive-Experiential Self Theory

by Seymour Epstein


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Cognitive-Experiential Self Theory by Seymour Epstein

In this volume, Epstein presents a new theory of personality, referred to as cognitive-experiential theory, that is integrative of all other major personality theories. This integration is accomplished by expanding upon current basic assumptions, including the assumption that all higher-order animals automatically construct an implicit theory of reality that is necessary for adapting to their environments and that is, therefore, inherently reinforcing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190493240
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Seymour Epstein is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, where he has held a position since 1953. His major interest has been in developing an integrative theory of personality, which he has set forth in the present book. Over the past several decades he has conducted an active research program on his theory that has received continuous support from the National Institute of Mental Health and extended support from a Research Scientist Award.

Table of Contents



Part I. The Theory

Chapter 1. The Basic Theory: Two Systems

Chapter 2. Evidence in Real Life of Two Modes of Information Processing

Chapter 3. The Content and Organization of the Experiential System: With an Emphasis on Basic Needs and Beliefs

Chapter 4. Motivation Further Considered and Emotions

Chapter 5. Interactions Between and Within the Two Systems: Conflict, Compromises, Synergy, Repression, and Dissociation

Part 2. Development and Adjustment

Chapter 6. Development

Chapter 7. Coping and Defense Mechanisms

Chapter 8. The Maladaptive Behavior of Everyday Life

Chapter 9. Neurosis, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosis, and Autism

Chapter 10. Depression

Part 3. Clinical Applications

Chapter 11. Psychotherapy 1: Constructive Thinking, Cognitive Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Chapter 12. Psychotherapy 2: Psychodynamic Therapy, Client-centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Psychosynthesis, Cognitive-experiential Therapy, Relapse

Chapter 13. Psychotherapy 3: Communicating with the Experiential System Communicating with the Experiential System Through the Use of Fantasy

Part 4. Broader Implications

Chapter 14. Implications

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