Depressive Realism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Author(s) : Colin Feltham

Depressive Realism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2016
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 206
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Category 2 :
    Counselling
  • Catalogue No : 39670
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138823549
  • ISBN 10 : 1138823546

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Depressive Realism argues that people with mild-to-moderate depression have a more accurate perception of reality than non-depressives. Depressive Realism is a worldview of human existence that is essentially negative, and which challenges assumptions about the value of life and the institutions claiming to answer life's problems. Drawing from central observations from various disciplines, this book argues that a radical honesty about human suffering might initiate wholly new ways of thinking, in everyday life and in clinical practice for mental health, as well as in academia. Divided into sections that reflect depressive realism as a worldview spanning all academic disciplines, chapters provide examples from psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy and more to suggest ways in which depressive realism can critique each discipline and academia overall.

This book challenges the tacit hegemony of contemporary positive thinking, as well as the standard assumption in cognitive behavioural therapy that depressed individuals must have cognitive distortions. It also appeals to the utility of depressive realism for its insights, its pursuit of truth, as well its emphasis on the importance of learning from negativity and failure. Arguments against depressive realism are also explored. This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of depressive realism within an interdisciplinary context. It will be of key interest to academics, researchers and postgraduates in the fields of psychology, mental health, psychotherapy, history and philosophy. It will also be of great interest to psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors.

About the Author(s)

Colin Feltham is Emeritus Professor of Critical Counselling Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, BACP Senior Registered Practitioner and former co-editor of the British Journal for Guidance and Counselling.

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