By C. R. Snyder

ISBN-10: 0195119347

ISBN-13: 9780195119343

Most folk take the method of coping with no consideration as they cross approximately their day-by-day actions. in lots of methods, coping is like respiring, an automated approach requiring no obvious attempt. besides the fact that, whilst humans face really threatening events--what psychologists name stressors--they develop into aware of the coping procedure and reply through consciously using their daily coping abilities. Coping is a basic mental procedure, and people's abilities are commensurately refined. This quantity builds on people's strengths and emphasizes their function as optimistic copers. It beneficial properties recommendations for fighting mental difficulties and breaks from the normal examine technique, that is modeled on drugs and makes a speciality of pathology and remedy. gathering either award-winning examine and new findings, this ebook might set the schedule for learn on rigidity and coping for the subsequent century.

These provocative and readable essays discover quite a few subject matters, together with fact negotiation, confessing via writing, emotional intelligence, optimism, wish, mastery-oriented considering, and extra. in contrast to standard self-help books to be had at any newsstand, this quantity beneficial properties the paintings of a few of the main eminent researchers within the box. but like these books it really is written for the final reader, in addition to for the professional, and contains various sensible feedback and methods. it is going to end up a useful instrument for a variety of readers.

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In a later session, when she felt better, she clasped him in her arms, said that she loved him-teasing that he mustn't tell his wife-and at the end of the session gave him a kiss. He was, of course, pleased with her improvement and he accepted her positive expression as he might from any affectionate older relative. (p.

Kahana describes the work of Fozard and Thomas (1975) who reviewed the results of psychological testing with physically healthy people over 50. In all the psychological functions measured, only one could be interpreted as displaying rigidity. That was a tendency toward slower reactions to stimuli due to the increase in time required for central information processing. Kahana (1978) summarizes the clinical evidence against the imputation of rigidity of thought process to patients over 50 in the following way: Thus, the evidence against a general imputation to patients over 50 includes reports of psycholOgical improvement based on earlier psychoanalysis, reports THE LITERATURE ON PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS 27 based on later analysis and self-analysis, and observations of increased receptivity to insight and readiness for changes in values and life style in middle and later life.

The analyst could show Mr. X. how he defended against his fears of sexual, aggressive and exhibitionistic urges by efforts to be loved and admired as "good," by projecting his aggression and by hiding his achievements. As he recognized his competitive envy and compulsive traits he became more aware of his anger, and his academic work improved. With the reluctant realization that his wife did not want him, he entered into a relationship with a more receptive woman and began to analyze his fears of women.

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