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Neuroscience, Psychotherapy and Clinical Pragmatism (Explorations in Mental Health)

Neuroscience, Psychotherapy and Clinical Pragmatism (Explorations in Mental Health)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781138825727
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Release Date: Jul 01, 2016
  • Pages: 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.0 x 0.0 x 0.0 inches


This volume explores how conceptions of pragmatism set forth in American philosophy serve as orienting perspectives in psychotherapy. Drawing on the influential contributions of William James and John Dewey, the author demonstrates how realistic, comparative approaches to understanding strengthen everyday therapeutic practice. He also examines recent developments in neuroscience that shape training and practice in the broader field of psychotherapy, encompassing psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive and humanistic traditions. By following a clinical pragmatism, psychotherapy can be viewed as an instrumental project that is governed by results rather than a commitment to particular theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, or technical strategies.

Through a variety of case studies, this volume emphasizes the crucial role of experiential learning in change and growth, and the recognition of the person as an individual.

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