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In this profound work, Vittorio Guidano expands upon his earlier seminal contributions on the application of cognitive and developmental principles to individuals struggling with various forms of psychopathology. Here, he fully develops the idea that individuals' experiences, both positive and negative, are powerfully influenced by their personal psychological organizations. Guidano illustrates how early developmental experiences and ongoing psychological processes may collude to perpetuate dysfunctional patterns and personal distress. The book contends that the deep structure or core organizing processes that constrain human psychological experience may be at the heart of successful intervention as well as the problems of resistance, relapse, and refractory behaviors. Guidano offers exciting ideas about how to conceptualize and facilitate change in the self system. The volume draws together many disparate themes from object relations theory, ego psychology, attachment theory, constructivist models of human cognition, and lifespan developmental psychology.
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|Publisher:||Guilford Publications, Inc.|
|Series:||Guilford Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Vittorio F. Guidano, MD, founded the Rome Center for Cognitive Therapy, where he serves as Staff Psychiatrist, and is a founding member of the Italian Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. From 1976 to 1986 he was Assistant Professor of Psychotherapy and Psychopathology at the School of Medicine of the University of Rome.
Table of ContentsI. Theoretical Principles 1. Introductory Notes on Self-Organized Complexity and a Systems Approach 2. A Motor-Evolutionary Perspective on Human Knowledge 3. On Selfhood Processes, Attachment, and Identity II. Developmental and Organizational Models 4. Development 5. Organization III. Toward a Systems/Process-Oriented Psychopathology 6. Patterns and Processes 7. The Depressive Cognitive Organization 8. The Agoraphobic Cognitive Organization 9. The Eating Disorders Cognitive Organization 10. The Obsessive Cognitive Organization 11. Principles of Lifespan Developmental Psychopathology 12. Concluding Remarks Appendix: Some Strategic Principles for Cognitive Therapy References
Must reading for the practicing professional, the helping apprentice, and anyone interested in glimpsing the cutting edge at the growing interface between cognitive and clinical science.