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Why Therapy Works : Using Our Minds to Change Our Brains
by Louis Cozolino


Overview - In Why Therapy Works , Louis Cozolino explains the mechanisms of psychotherapeutic change from the bottom up, beginning with the brain, and how brains have evolved--especially how brains evolved to learn, unlearn, and relearn, which is at the basis of lasting psychological change.  Read more...

 
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Overview
InWhy Therapy Works, Louis Cozolino explains the mechanisms of psychotherapeutic change from the bottom up, beginning with the brain, and how brains have evolved--especially how brains evolved to learn, unlearn, and relearn, which is at the basis of lasting psychological change. Readers will learn why therapists have to look beyond just words, diagnoses, and presenting problems to the inner histories of their clients in order to discover paths to positive change. The book also shows how our brains have evolved into social organs and how our interpersonal lives are a source of both pain and power. Readers will explore with Cozolino how our brains are programmed to connect in intimate relationships and come to understand the debilitating effects of anxiety, stress, and trauma Finally, the book will lead to an understanding of the power of story and narratives for fostering self-regulation, neural integration, and positive change Always, the focus of the book is in understanding underlying therapeutic change, moving beyond the particular of specific forms of therapy to the commonalities of human evolution, biology, and experience This book is for anyone who has experienced the benefits of therapy and wondered how it worked. It is for anyone thinking about whether therapy is right for them, and it is for anyone who has looked within themselves and marveled at people's ability to experience profound transformation.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393709056
  • ISBN-10: 0393709051
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: November 2015
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.06 pounds

Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology (Hardcover)

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Books > Psychology > Psychotherapy - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

This exploration of the workings of psychotherapy is an ambitious but at times disjointed venture. Therapist Cozolino (The Neuroscience of Human Relationships) situates psychotherapy in the neurological underpinnings that unite all living beingsa biological approach that, in his view, places client and therapist on equal ground. Cozolino has been in therapy himself and offers numerous examples of his experiences as both therapist and client, but the emphasis is more on science than specific therapies. While this general approach has the advantage of bypassing therapeutic particulars, it neglects the nuances of different, increasingly specialized treatments. Cozolino can change topics too abruptly, and sometimes his writing seems intended for other therapists rather than for a general audience. Yet his interest in educating laypeople is clear from the Neuroscience Corner inserts that appear every few pages, explaining complex neurological concepts. Even if this books breadth has the potential to overwhelm, it will be useful for anyone seeking to better understand the inner workings of therapy. (Nov.)

 
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