The Self in Process: Toward a Post-rationalist Cognitive Therapy

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Guilford Press, Jan 1, 1991 - Psychology - 237 pages
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In this powerful work, Dr. Guidano critiques the separation of observer and observed, shows how the very meaning of "self" is thus redefined, and delineates the clinical ramifications of the newly conceived self for a "post-rationalist" cognitive therapy. Clinicians, according to Guidano, can do more than help patients change dysfunctional behavior. By directing therapy toward core emotional themes and utilizing the interactional aspects of the therapeutic relationship, practitioners can modify patients' core patterns of self-perception and thereby realize substantive and lasting change. Part I of the volume lays the theoretical groundwork and Part II, replete with case examples, discusses psychotherapeutic applications. In the first part, Guidano explicates his construct of the self, examining the differentiation of self-boundaries, discussing developmental pathways of self-organization, and describing the impact of self-boundaries on lifespan development. In Part II, he constructs his post-rationalist framework for cognitive therapy with discussions of the therapist's attitude, assessment procedures, self-observation method, and the structure and dynamics of therapeutic change. Case illustrations demonstrate how the practitioner, whom he views as "a strategically oriented perturber," can prepare the clinical and interpersonal context; focus and reorder immediate experiencing; and help the patient reconstruct his or her affective style. .
 

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Contents

THEORETICAL PREMISES
1
The Differentiation of SelfBoundaries
16
The SelfOrganization of Personal Meaning Dimensions
31
SelfBoundaries and Ufespan Development
65
PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC PRINCIPLES
91
Preparing the Clinical and Interpersonal Context
113
Construing the Therapeutic Setting
126
Undertaking the Developmental Analysis
166
Final Considerations
194
Concluding Remarks
202
References
211
dex
231
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A Founding Member of the Italian Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Vittorio F. Guidano, M.D., founded the Rome Center for Cognitive Therapy and has served as Staff Psychiatrist since 1978. From 1976 to 1986 he was an Assistant Professor of Psychotherapy and Psychopathology at the University of Rome, School of Medicine. Co-author of Cognitive Processes and Emotional Disorders (with G. Liotti) and author of Complexity of the Self, Guidano is also a member of the American Association of Behavior Therapy Born: August 4, 1944 Rome, Italy
Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist ,Education: MD in 1969 Residence in Psychiatry 1962 Appointments:
Assistant Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, 1970-1985
Center for Cognitive Therapy, Rome, Italy, 1978 to present
Past Publications:
COGNITIVE PROCESSES AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS (with G. Liotti), 1983
COMPLEXITY OF THE SELF, 1987
Memberships:
Founding Member of the Italian Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
American Association of Behavior Therapy.

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