The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Building and Rebuilding the Human Brain

The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Building and Rebuilding the Human Brain

by Louis Cozolino

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ISBN-13: 9780393703672
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2002
Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Louis Cozolino, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and a private practitioner. He is the author of The Healthy Aging Brain, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, and The Making of a Therapist. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Neuroscience of Psychotherapy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the perspective of a primary care physician who sees a substantial amount of psychopathology on a routine basis this book has been insightfull, well orchestrated and of great value. Given that both topics of neurobiology of the brain and psychotherapy are huge fields; the book does well to integrate both in cohesive and usable models. The book is outstanding in many ways. It alludes to a new manner of approaching narcissistic personality wounds in a most constructive way. It suggests that further conceptualization of the brain in terms of circuity can provide powerful tools in psychotherapy. The author has meshed disiplines of linguistics, psychotherapy and neuroscience to promote better therapeutic outcomes and lending understanding to OCD, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, affect disorders and to some degree personality.
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The title says it pretty well: this book explains the physical aspects of the brain and how they are formed and changed by what the person experiences, starting from birth. While not set in stone, aspects of our personalities are actually set in the shapes and activity of our brains. It¿s a circular effect: what happens to us shapes our brains, and then the shape of our brains sets how we react to things. But thankfully, our brains can and do continue to change throughout our lives. There are actual differences in the brain structures of people with OCD, ADHD, borderline personality disorder and many more psychological disorders. These physical differences can frequently be traced to how the person was treated by its parents as a baby- being nurtured results in a brain shaped one way; being ignored shapes it in another way. PTSD changes the brain. We know that some of these differences are from environment rather than genetics because of animal testing. What this tells us is that depression, PTSD, and other mental disorders are actual physical illness, not the result of having a weak character, and that people with these disorders should not be looked down on and should not be ashamed to seek help. The shape of our brains comes from evolution; our brains have evolved through the primitive lower brain and added on the midbrain and the upper `thinking¿ part through the millennia. All our reactions must go through all these layers, and the amygdala, which is constantly on the alert for danger, reacts much faster than the upper, logical part of the brain- no matter how fast you can consciously think about something, your lizard brain has already reacted. Your lizard brain has already spewed out adrenaline many, many milliseconds before your upper brain can say ¿That¿s just a backfire down the street, not gunfire aiming towards me¿ From this comes fears that seem irrational, and `fight or flight¿ reactions to mental stress. This is but a small part of what our brain structure does to and for us. Psychotherapy can change the brain. By allowing the person to explore stressors in a safe environment, the lower brain can be lulled and reshaped into something that doesn¿t react with adrenaline to non-threatening situations. This doesn¿t just apply to PTSD, but to many disorders where the person learned as a baby, a child, to react in certain ways to save themselves- even if it¿s a case of a child learning to always be pleasant and accommodating to a parent or they¿d be punished, thus setting them up for an adult life of being a doormat. This is a very technical book. It¿s mostly neurology and neuroanatomy, with psychotherapy laid over it. It¿s not neurology vignettes a la Oliver Sacks. It¿s very clearly written and all terms are well explained, but it is slow going if you aren¿t at least somewhat knowledgeable about neuroanatomy. It wasn¿t until near the end of the book that I discovered it was actually written for the therapist-in-training; that made me feel better about how long it took me to read it! But even as a layman who had to digest all the anatomy, I still found it very interesting and worth the read.
motjebben on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The BEST book I have read to date that puts into neuroscientific terms how psychotherapy works.Cozolino make his case that "all forms of psychotherapy - from psychoanalysis to behavioral interventions - are successful to the extend to which they enhance change in relevant neural circuits."He does so with extensive research, citations, and case histories and adds a warm and sometimes humorous touch to his explanations. I particularly like that he cites - inline - from what research he is drawing to make his conclusions.This book also dovetails VERY NICELY with Daniel J. Siegel's (M.D.) books on "Interpersonal Neurobiology". Read this BOOK!
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