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Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books Dinah

Posted by Dinah on December 17, 2004, at 16:15:12

In reply to Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by Dinah on September 22, 2004, at 20:15:16

I've been doing a lousy job of keeping this thread alive, but I do think it's a good thread.

One of the first books on psychology that meant a lot to me was "Cutting" by Steven Levenkron. I'm not sure that the information in it is the latest, but the description of the caring therapeutic relationship woke a sort of longing in me.

On the other hand, I choose not to read it often just for that reason. It makes me disappointed that my therapist isn't as wonderful as he describes himself as being.

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books Dinah

Posted by daisym on December 17, 2004, at 18:48:20

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books Dinah, posted by Dinah on December 17, 2004, at 16:15:12

Dinah,

I know what you mean. I read stuff and people have these "ah ha" moments or they only need things reframed once and they move on. When I read Yalom, I often wonder if he is as good and caring as he says he is.

I just read another book called "A General Theory of Love" and I learned a lot about the function of attachment and how the brain works. It was a fairly easy read and helped me understand myself some. Particularly because there is a discussion of the distracted mother and the fall out from that. I often think of abandonment issues around moms being completely unavailable. But this research talks about how a distracted mother can result in a child who is emotionally disorganized and doesn't learn to internalize things, like coping or calming methods.

 

Re: Useful psych books *trigger* Dinah

Posted by littleone on December 18, 2004, at 16:48:22

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books Dinah, posted by Dinah on December 17, 2004, at 16:15:12

Dinah,

The book you quote is an excellent one. It didn't help me stop cutting as such, but it did help to normalise it and helped me understand the why's a bit better.

I tried leaving it lying around the house in the hopes that my husband would pick it up and try to understand why I do it, but no such luck :(

I can really relate to what you say about being disappointed that your own T doesn't live up to the authoring T. But I tend to do the opposite. When my T falls short, I gobble up Yalom's books in the hopes that he can give me what I need instead.

 

Useful psychology and psychotherapy books

Posted by Dinah on January 4, 2005, at 8:10:14

In reply to Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by Dinah on September 22, 2004, at 20:15:16

Has anyone read

"The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Building and Rebuilding the Human Brain"

The premise looks interesting, but I've already got a stack of unread books. Is this one worth it?

 

Haven't read it yet, but... Dinah

Posted by Klokka on January 4, 2005, at 19:07:40

In reply to Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by Dinah on January 4, 2005, at 8:10:14

I've seen it on my pdoc's bookshelf. Creepy! It's actually related to a topic I'm considering for a project I'll be starting soon for school, so I might end up reading it anyway. I'll let you know if I do.

 

Re: Thanks!!! (nm) Klokka

Posted by Dinah on January 4, 2005, at 20:34:31

In reply to Haven't read it yet, but... Dinah, posted by Klokka on January 4, 2005, at 19:07:40

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books

Posted by daisym on January 4, 2005, at 22:28:17

In reply to Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by Dinah on January 4, 2005, at 8:10:14

I am in the middle of reading "thoughts without a thinker" by Mark Epstein. Actually I'm jumping all around in it. It is a book about Psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective. I find myself in tears on many of the pages but it really resonates with me.

I know it is an oldish book, about 10 years now. Someone gave it to me for Christmas.


I also recently finished "A General Theory of Love" by Thomas Lewis, which was recommended by someone here. I really liked it. It had a lot of brain stuff in it, as related to attachment and memory.

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books

Posted by gardenergirl on January 4, 2005, at 23:37:29

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by daisym on January 4, 2005, at 22:28:17

I just started reading "The Gift of Therapy : An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients" by Yalom. It's wonderful so far. I highly recommend it!

gg

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books gardenergirl

Posted by Dinah on January 5, 2005, at 4:21:45

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by gardenergirl on January 4, 2005, at 23:37:29

I liked it too.

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books gardenergirl

Posted by Daisym on January 5, 2005, at 10:55:24

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by gardenergirl on January 4, 2005, at 23:37:29

I love that book. But I think you shouldn't read it right now. It will frustrate you with your placement even further.

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books gardenergirl

Posted by TofuEmmy on January 5, 2005, at 12:10:01

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by gardenergirl on January 4, 2005, at 23:37:29

"The GIFT of Therapy" Oy, that Yalom has an ego the size of Yonkers. ;-)

emmy

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books Daisym

Posted by gardenergirl on January 5, 2005, at 22:56:17

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books gardenergirl, posted by Daisym on January 5, 2005, at 10:55:24

Daisy,
I think you are rigth in that it will only reinforce to me what I wish I could be doing. But I like to leave it on my bookshelf in the office to either foster curiosity on my Supervisor's part, or just to bug him. :)

gg

 

Cool, glad you liked it. (nm) Dinah

Posted by gardenergirl on January 5, 2005, at 22:56:59

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books gardenergirl, posted by Dinah on January 5, 2005, at 4:21:45

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books TofuEmmy

Posted by gardenergirl on January 5, 2005, at 22:58:03

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books gardenergirl, posted by TofuEmmy on January 5, 2005, at 12:10:01

Hi, I think therapy is a gift too. And you don't think I have a big ego...

Hey.....


;)

gg

 

Re: double double quotes TofuEmmy

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 5, 2005, at 23:50:36

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books gardenergirl, posted by TofuEmmy on January 5, 2005, at 12:10:01

> "The GIFT of Therapy"

I'd just like to plug the double double quotes feature at this site:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/faq.html#amazon

The first time anyone refers to a book, movie, or music without using this option, I post this to try to make sure he or she at least knows about it. It's just an option, though, and doesn't *have* to be used. If people *choose* not to use it, I'd be interested why not, but I'd like that redirected to Psycho-Babble Administration:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/admin/20020918/msgs/7717.html

Thanks!

Bob

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books gardenergirl

Posted by Dinah on January 6, 2005, at 3:50:20

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books TofuEmmy, posted by gardenergirl on January 5, 2005, at 22:58:03

But I'd have to agree that either Yalom really does have a big ego, or he's as good as Daisy's therapist. :)

 

Re: double double quotes Dr. Bob

Posted by TofuEmmy on January 6, 2005, at 10:20:56

In reply to Re: double double quotes TofuEmmy, posted by Dr. Bob on January 5, 2005, at 23:50:36

Oh jeeper creepers Dr. Bobert...the book's url had already been posted. How's a girl supposed to stay in her "witty zone" if she has do that quote quote crud.

Do you mean if we were to have a lengthy discussion of one book, 40 screens long, you'd want each of us, each time to double quote the darn thing?? Don't you think once is sufficient?

Suggestion number two....witty repartee (even if it's not that witty) s/b excluded from all rules....especially the "no sarcasm" rule. ;-)

emmy

 

Re: oops, missed that, sorry! (nm) TofuEmmy

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 7, 2005, at 0:33:13

In reply to Re: double double quotes Dr. Bob, posted by TofuEmmy on January 6, 2005, at 10:20:56

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books

Posted by littleone on January 11, 2005, at 21:13:21

In reply to Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by Dinah on September 22, 2004, at 20:15:16

I was wondering if anyone had read "Ego State Therapy" by Gordon Emmerson and if so, what you thought of it. It looks really promising on Amazon, but I already have a zillion psych books (with more on order).

The other one that caught my eye was "Ego States: Theory and Therapy" by John G Watkins. It looks a lot heavier, but still very interesting.

 

Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books

Posted by littleone on January 16, 2005, at 16:09:20

In reply to Re: Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by littleone on January 11, 2005, at 21:13:21

Thought I would share that I've found the following book helpful:

"Emotional Release for Children" by Mark Pearson & Patricia Nolan.

These people do therapy for children and the book is filled with the different type of exercises they use. Some are about journalling, drawing, creative writing, body awareness, Gestalt work, dream work, visualisation and relaxation. But the biggy for me is emotional release.

I've done a couple of the exercises and I was really amazed as to how easily I was thrown back into my childhood feelings. It has been helpful for me. I also like the fact there are specific exercises to follow rather than the generalisations found in many psych books.

Also, I have a lot of trouble with feeling nothingness and not being able to look inside myself at my thoughts and feelings. There are some good exercises to help with this.

 

Book I absolutely should not read but surely will

Posted by Dinah on January 23, 2005, at 19:48:05

In reply to Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by Dinah on September 22, 2004, at 20:15:16

"The Dependent Patient: A Practitioner's Guide"

 

feeling good by david burns (nm)

Posted by ghost on January 28, 2005, at 20:03:25

In reply to Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by Dinah on September 22, 2004, at 20:15:16

 

Do these books look familiar?

Posted by Dinah on February 7, 2005, at 21:04:31

In reply to Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by Dinah on September 22, 2004, at 20:15:16

They're in my Amazon "later" basket, which usually means someone recommended them and I didn't have time to look at them thoroughly.

Does anyone remember reading any of these? What did you think of them?

"The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Building and Rebuilding the Human Brain" by Louis Cozolino

"Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self/Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self (two-volume set)" by Allan N. Schore

"A General Theory of Love (Vintage)"
by THOMAS LEWIS, FARI AMINI, RICHARD LANNON

"The Fantasy Bond : Structure of Psychological Defenses" by Robert W., Ph.D. Firestone


Also, I'm scaring myself witless right now by reading

"How Much is Enough? Endings in Psychotherapy and Counselling" by Lesley Murdin

Unless I'm reading it wrong, or leaving out pertinent facts from my therapy, it appears that Lesley Murdin is saying that my therapist should terminate me against my wishes. It has me scared enough that I almost bit off my therapist's head when he mentioned that we were at an impasse in a discussion the other day.

Why do I torment myself with these books and internet articles? I think I feel like I need to have a dissenting viewpoint.

 

A General Theory of Love Dinah

Posted by pegasus on February 8, 2005, at 11:07:00

In reply to Do these books look familiar?, posted by Dinah on February 7, 2005, at 21:04:31

Hi Dinah,

I read A General Theory of Love, and I found it fascinating and helpful. It really helped me understand some of my relationships better. Especially the power of my relationship with my therapist. It's mostly about attachment, and how that is part of the wiring of mammals. Apparently, it drives all types of behavior that might seem mysterious, but is really designed to enhance our survival.

It has an evolutionary slant, so if that is bothersome, this wouldn't be a satisfying book to read.

pegasus

 

Useful psychology and psychotherapy books

Posted by Dinah on February 18, 2005, at 11:52:11

In reply to Useful psychology and psychotherapy books, posted by Dinah on September 22, 2004, at 20:15:16

I am perhaps being premature here, because I've just started the book and may find by the end that I hate it.

But I'm reading "The Anatomy of Dependence". While this is, to some extent, a commentary on Japanese culture, it is also an exploration of the concept of "amae", a word for which there is apparently no adequate English equivilant.

But it awakes in me an excitement that is based on the idea of limitations in Western language and concepts to explain what are probably universal conditions. And that if we had a different language, we might view things differently. Or that pathology may be, to some degree, a matter of cultural biases and language limitations.


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