Adult Personality Growth in Psychotherapy

Adult Personality Growth in Psychotherapy

By: Mardi Jon Horowitz (author)Paperback

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This book will expand your therapeutic repertoire. Once crises have been resolved, the clinician and patient explore what can change in order to increase the patient's capacities for balance, harmony and satisfaction. Adult personality growth increases self-awareness, amplifies capacities for realistic social cognition and reduces avoidances. The outcome is the achievement of a wider range of safe emotional expression and mastery of previous traumas and losses. The three parts of this book are on identity, relationships and control of emotion. The chapters illustrate how observation, formulation and technique are linked in a continuing process of deepening understanding. Vignettes give examples of what the therapist can say to help a patient, especially at difficult times in treatment. This is a cutting-edge work integrating elements from various schools of psychotherapy and studies of adult development. It links theories to pragmatic techniques and will appeal to both trainees and experienced clinicians.

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Mardi J. Horowitz is an expert in the areas of stress, loss, traumatic experiences, personality development, and change in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He developed and directed the UCSF Center on Stress and Personality and the Program on Conscious and Unconscious Mental Processes of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He has received the NIMH Research Scientist Development Award and directed the NIMH Center for the Study of Neuroses at UCSF. He developed and directed the Second Opinion Consultations on Psychotherapy Treatments Program and the Survivors Clinic at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. He has received Lifetime Achievement and Pioneer Awards from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies as well as the Foundations Fund Prize from the APA for outstanding research on the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD.


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Advancing personality growth in psychotherapy; Part I. Self-Organization: 2. Self-organization; 3. Identity functioning and self-states; 4. Possibilities for change in self-narratives; Part II. Relationships: 5. Changing relationship patterns; 6. Advancing relationship capacities; 7. Improving maladaptive patterns in sexual relationships; Part III. Control and Emotional Regulation: 8. Control of unconscious emotional potentials; 9. Defensive styles; 10. Emotional avoidance maneuvers; References; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/05/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781107532960
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 148
  • ID: 9781107532960
  • weight: 250
  • ISBN10: 1107532965

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