Emotion-Focused Cognitive Therapy by Mick Power

By Mick Power

Emotion concentrated Cognitive remedy argues that it's time for a brand new concentration in psychotherapy in keeping with emotion, and provides an leading edge method of the therapy of consumers with emotional problems. beneficial properties an process according to the newest paintings in cognition and emotionOffers psychologists an leading edge approach of operating in therapyDraws at the strengths evidence-based cognitive behavioural and interpersonal methods to psychotherapyProvides appropriate case examples in the course of the textAdditional assets for the e-book to be had on-line right here

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In this statement, Plato not only pitches reason against the animal passions for both men and women but also introduces the ‘wandering uterus’ disorder for women, which subsequently came to be known as ‘hysteria’. We now know that hysteria is not a result of a wandering or dissatisfied uterus and that it can be experienced by men and women. More serious though is the view still prevalent in our society that emotions are bad, that they undermine reason and that their presence is indicative of disorder.

At this point, it is worth returning briefly to Ekman’s (2003) confusion about positive emotion states in his claim that states such as amusement, gratitude and schadenfreude should also be given the status of basic emotions. We would dispute such an approach and argue that each of these emotions is derivable from the basic emotion of happiness, as we have defined it here, as follows. Amusement is typically an aesthetic emotion, the equivalent of sadness or fear experienced at the movies – so let us use this as an excuse to tell a risqu´e joke and see why it (hopefully) evokes (some) amusement: A young woman was sitting on a very crowded bus when a frail old lady got on and stood right in front of her.

However, there are situations in which both anxiety and the need to approach rather than avoid exist; for example, to go on stage and receive the school prize – the teenager may feel both highly anxious and highly motivated to approach the feared situation. And such approach anxiety blends into excitement in many fairground and other situations. The problem for a singlelevel system is that it suddenly needs to become more complex in that it needs to generate numerous exceptions to its simplistic rules of the relationship between straightforward emotions such as anger, anxiety, sadness and disgust and the dimensions of positive–negative and approach-avoidance.

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