Neuroscience, Psychotherapy and Clinical Pragmatism

Author(s) : William Borden

Neuroscience, Psychotherapy and Clinical Pragmatism

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2015
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 232
  • Category :
    Neuroscience
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 38209
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138825727
  • ISBN 10 : 1138825727
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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.

About the Author(s)

William Borden is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Service Administration, and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Chicago.

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