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Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships (Norton Professional Books)by Brent J. Atkinson
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Yet even when they know what would work, partners often find that they are unable to do these things. Why is this?
Provocative new neurological research suggests that old habits die hard for a reason--they may be woven into the fabric of brain states. We are wired for specific kinds of neural activations very early in life and these habitual responses are automatically activated in daily living, often without conscious awareness. Once they are set, these activation patterns (also known as response states) are likely to continue throughout a person's life.
For the most part, we don't volunteer for these response states; we simply find ourselves under their influence. When any one of them is activated, we may lose the capacity to choose freely our thoughts and actions. It's as if, at that moment, someone else is in charge. For these reasons and others, people in relationships may find it extremely difficult if not impossible to change how they respond to their partners. No matter how much partners want to change, their wired response states oppose their intentions.
Part 1 of this book is a tour of the revolutionary discoveries emerging from neurobiology and the science of intimate relationships. Atkinson shows readers the implications of these discoveries for those who seek to change interpersonal habits and improve intimate relationships. These neural operating programs may also help explain why psychotherapies often fail to promote lasting change.
In Part 2 readers will find a remedy for this problem. Atkinson introduces Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C), a step-by-step approach to working with couples that facilitates relationship change by promoting increased levels of neural integration in each partner. In PET-C, partners learn to identify mood states which perpetuate outmoded thoughts, attitudes, and habits of interaction. Once identified, clients are then assisted in the process of "re-wiring" these states for more flexibility and then activating alternate states which support new avenues for thought and action.
Extensive case examples and ample illustrations of therapeutic dialogue demonstrate for readers the ins and outs of implementing PET-C with their clients. This book is supplemented by a companion CD-ROM titled Developing Habits for Relationship Success. The CD-ROM has two workbooks--for clients with male partners and clients with female partners--that can be personalized with the client's name and printed out on demand. The workbooks contain dozens of take-home exercises designed to help clients identify troublesome response states and then develop new emotional habits.
The discovery and understanding of the brain's neural operating systems is of huge importance for anyone who seeks to make sense of troubled relationships and understand why partners often persist in self-defeating interactions. Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy is essential reading for anyone working with couples and seeking a new way to approach and understand human interactions.
Book News Annotation:
To improve the track record of marriage counseling, Atkinson (Northern Illinois U.; Couples Research Institute, Geneva, Ill.) looks to neuroscience for clues to treating relationship issues. After overviews of current knowledge of the basis of emotional states and his pragmatic/experiential therapy approach, he offers general advice to therapists. E.g., "work with emotional states when they are active." A companion digital workbook is available from the publisher.
Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
To improve the track record of marriage counseling, Atkinson (Northern Illinois U.; Couples Research Institute, Geneva, Ill.) looks to neuroscience for clues to treating relationship issues. After overviews of current knowledge of the basis of emotional states and his pragmatic/experiential therapy approach, he offers general advice to therapists. E.g., "work with emotional states when they are active." A companion digital workbook is available from the publisher. Annotation Â©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Over the past thirty years, groundbreaking studies on the relationships of couples have identified precisely what intimate partners must do in order to have successful partnerships.
RECENT BRAIN FINDINGS point to new understandings about human motivation and interaction. Here the author applies these insights to couple therapy, showing how recent brain studies can help couples increase their chances of success in therapy. Presenting strategies that will lead to success, this book helps couples move from internal states that block change to states that are compatible with change.
About the Author
Brent J. Atkinson lives in Geneva, Illinois.
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