The Self and Perspective-Taking presents the latest research findings and approaches to understanding how the human brain develops the concepts of self and other, how disruptions in this process can cause self-understanding deficits, and how these deficits can be overcome. Steven Hayes, Ruth Baer, and other leading researchers explain how humans develop a sense of self through language and perspective development or "perspective-taking".
The articles in this book explore behavioral, developmental, social, cognitive, and neurophysiological approaches to understanding the self and perspective-taking. Readers learn how to use relational frame theory (RFT) to grasp the development of self-understanding and discover how this knowledge can improve clinicians' ability to improve self-understanding in others, especially in those with autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia.
Louise McHugh, PhD, is a lecturer in the psychology department at Swansea University in Wales. Her research interests include acceptance and change therapies and the development and training of complex cognitive skills, including perspective taking. She lives in Swansea. Ian Stewart, PhD, is a faculty member in the department of psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research focuses on the analysis of language and cognition from a relational frame theory (RFT) perspective. His articles have been published in over forty international peer-reviewed journals and he is coauthor of The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy. Ian lives in Galway, Ireland.