The Mind in Therapy: Cognitive Science for Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2005-10-11
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Human mental capacities and processes are the raw materials with which psychotherapists work. Thus what cognitive scientists have discovered in recent decades is potentially tremendous value for psychotherapeutic practice. But the new knowledge is not readily accessible to therapists, who find both language and methodology off-putting. The Mind in Therapy bridges the gap. It offers a comprehensive overview of the relevant range of cognitive activities, ranging from complex mental operations such as problem solving, decision making, reasoning, and metacognition to basic functions such as attention, memory, and emotion. The authors integrate key new findings about the interaction between cognition and emotion, inhibition, and counterfactual thinking--processes that loom large in practice. Each chapter reviews an area of cognitive research, clearly explains the findings, and highlights their implications and applications in diverse models of therapy--cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, and family. Each includes case vignettes that illustrate the ways in which the concepts are important and useful in practice. All therapists rely on the human mind to effect the change they seek. The clearer understanding of human cognitive capacities, idiosyncrasies, and limitations--their own as well as clients'--that they will gain from this book will enhance the effectiveness of both beginning and experienced practitioners, whatever their orientation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1 Introduction
2 Problem Solving: The Structure of Psychotherapy
3 Memory Retrieval Cues and Priming
4 Autobiographical Memory: The Stories and Scenes of Our Lives
5 Autobiographical Memory Errors
6 Prospective Memory and Psychotherapeutic Homework
7 Attention: The Eye of the Mental Hurricane
8 Category Judgment
9 Decision Making: Gathering and Evaluating Evidence
10 Reasoning: Evaluating Conclusions and Determining Cause 192(37)
11 Counterfactual Thinking: If Only and What If 229(24)
12 Metacognition: What You Know About How You Think 253(23)
13 Emotion and Cognition: Mutual Influences 276(27)
14 Catharsis or Containment: Inhibition and Health 303(24)
15 Psychodynamic Principles as Cognitive Mechanisms 327(11)
16 Prospect and Review: Cognition Throughout the Process of Therapy 338(9)
References 347(58)
Author Index 405(20)
Subject Index 425

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