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The Psychology of Death

: Kastenbaum, Robert

It is over 20 years since the publication of Dr Robert Kastenbaum’s ground breaking work on the psychology of death. Now this pre-eminent authority in the field offers a major rethinking of his pioneering work. Given today’s extended life span, and given that so many of us are now living longer, and more comfortably, with chronic illnesses, the subject of death is one that touches us with increasing power and directness. New to the Third Edition are chapters on how we construct death; death in adolescence and adulthood including discussion on suicide, physician assisted death and regret theory and denial; new approaches to the role of death anxiety, terror management theory, edge theory, and much more. Read more…

Self-esteem: Research, Theory and Practice

: Mruk, Christopher

Everyone knows what lack of self-esteem is – a factor often found in cases of depression, abusive relationship, personality disorders and suicidal behaviour. But what exactly is self-esteem? Can it treally be developed or enchanced past a person’s formative years? In a cogent analysis of the recent explosion of research and literature on the enhancement of self-esteem, this book by Christopher Mruk answers these questions clearly and concisely on both theoretical and practical levels. It is recommended for all students. Read more…

The Politics of Mental Handicap

: Ryan, Joanna and Thomas, Frank.

This celebrated book is a plea for the rights of mentally handicapped people – an analysis of why we have denied the mentally handicapped their humanity, and why we so often shut them away in institutions. In a new chapter, Joanna Ryan with Frank Thomasexamines the reality behind the government’s commitment to community care. Read more…

The Ailment and Other Psychoanalytic Essays

: Main, Tom.

The distinguished British psychoanalyst Tom Main had, throughout his career, a genius for the application of psychoanalysis to other fields: community psychiatry, hospital settings, family planning, marriage guidance, probation and general practice. Read more…

Somatic Illness and the Patient’s Other Story

: Broom, Brian

Integrating internal medicine and psychotherapy, this text takes an holistic approach to those illnesses that present physical symptoms but whose underlying cause may be psychological. It is about what can happen when one takes seriously the connections between the presenting physical symptoms and the patient’s story. Read more…

Creative Choice in Hypnosis

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More than any other individual, Milton Erickson has been responsible for shaping the modern view of hypnosis. His great contribution came from his ability to locate an individual’s inner resources for coping creativelywith the real problems of everyday life. Erickson himself endured tow bouts of polio and was in a wheelchair throughout much of his later life. He learned to use the healing methods of self-hypnosis to deal with his handicaps and uncover ways of experiencing living at more profound levels. His delight in teaching these methods of self-healing are clearly shown in these transcriptions of his seminars, workshops and lectures. Volume IV explores some important questions through a presentation, never before published, of Erickson’s own hypnotic workshops and demonstrations: is hypnosis a process of manipulation or facilitation? does the hypnotherapist control people? does the hypnotherapist simply give people permission to heal themselves? The authoritarian-permissive paradox of hypnotherapy is most evidednt in Erickson’s use of the double bind. Volume IV takes the reader on a journey that recaptures his evoluiton of the therapeutic double bind: from a technique based on an authoritarian concept of ‘illusory choice’, to a modern vision of the double bind as a ‘free choice among comparable alternatives’. This new vision represents a profound shift in attitude: creative choice, not control or manipulation, as the inherenet agent of healing in psychotherapy. Read more…

Mind-body Communication in Hypnosis

: Erickson, Milton H. Rossi, Ernest Lawrence Ryan, Margaret O

Seminars, Workshops and Lectures of Milton H. Erickson More than any other individual, Milton Erickson has been responsible for shaping the modern view of hypnosis. His great contribution came from his ability to locate an individual’s innter resources for coping creativley with the real problems of everyday life. Erickson himself endured two bouts of polio and was in a wheelchair throughout much of his later life. He learned to use the healing methods of self-hypnosis to deal with his handicaps and uncover ways of experiencing living at more profound levels. His delight in teaching these methdos of self-healing are clearly shown in these transcriptions of his seminars, workshops and lectures. Volume III contains much of the source material wherein Erickson first expressed his original views on psychosomatic medicine and healing. Here we learn hwo the languages of the mind communicate with the languages of the body. His research validates the view that psyche, mind, and brain are pervasively integrated in modulating body processes in health and illness. The ‘miracle cures’, spontaneous remissions of lethal diseases, and placebo effects, which seemed inexplicable to the scientific mind until recently, can how be understood as manifestations of mind-body information systems that extend far beyond the limitations formerly placed on the central nervous system. Edited by Milton Erickson, Ernest Rossi, Ernest Lawrence and Margaret O. Ryan. Read more…

Life Reframing in Hypnosis

: Erickson, Milton H. Rossi, Ernest Lawrence Ryan, Margaret O. Sharp, Florence

Seminars, Workshops and Lectures of Milton H. Erickson, V2 Volume II of the four volumes of Erickson’s work which are being published by Free Association Books, describes his contribution to practical psychotherapy. It presents the actual approaches, methods and techniques Erickson developed that would enable people to use their own experiences to change behaviour and to reorganize their understanding of their lives. Editors: Erickson, Milton H. Rossi, Ernest Lawrence Ryan, Margaret O. Read more…

Healing in Hypnosis

: Erickson, Milton H. Rossi, Ernest Sharp, Florence A. .

Seminars, Workshops and Lectures of Milton H. Erickson, Vol 1 This contains a fascinating biographical chapter on Milton Erickson, revealing the many important events of his life that contributed to the development of his ideas. The lectures, seminars and workshops were not scholarly by nature. They were usual spontaneous, with only a very general theme to guide them. The special interests, needs and questions from each group of participants frequently generated ingenious, unpremeditated demonstrations of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. All contributed to a significant shift from the older authoritarian techniques of hypnosis to the more creative approaches pioneered by Erickson. Edited by Margaret O. Ryan, Ernest H. Rossi and Florence A. Read more…

Scientification of Love

: Odent, Michel

Until recently love existed in the realm of poets, artists and philosophers. Latterly it has been studies from multiple scientific perspectives. The author argues that the specialist approach has overlooked the importance of love as a potential new strategy for human survival, and that the old survival strategy, the domination of nature and other human groups, is no longer appropriate. By weaving together data from a multitude of disciplines, Michel Odent is able to back up his argument in insightful and exciting ways, making the case for the adoption of radical new strategies for human survival. This revised edition includes two new chapters. Michel Odent is the author of The Farmer and the Obstetrician, also published by Free Association Books and and is more familiarly known as the obstetrician who introduced new birthing concepts which played a significant part in the radical change in attitudes towards maternity and childbirth in recent years. The author of 10 books in 19 languages, Dr Odent continues his research at the Primal Health Centre in London, which he founded. Read more…