By C. R. Snyder
Most folks take the method of coping without any consideration as they move approximately their day-by-day actions. in lots of methods, coping is like respiring, an automated strategy requiring no obvious attempt. despite the fact that, whilst humans face really threatening events--what psychologists name stressors--they turn into conscious about the coping method and reply by way of consciously employing their day by day coping abilities. Coping is a basic mental procedure, and people's talents are commensurately subtle. This quantity builds on people's strengths and emphasizes their position as optimistic copers. It beneficial properties strategies for combating mental difficulties and breaks from the normal learn method, that is modeled on drugs and makes a speciality of pathology and therapy. accumulating either award-winning examine and new findings, this booklet may set the schedule for examine on pressure and coping for the subsequent century.
These provocative and readable essays discover a number of themes, together with truth negotiation, confessing via writing, emotional intelligence, optimism, desire, mastery-oriented considering, and extra. not like usual self-help books on hand 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 overall reader, in addition to for the expert, and comprises various functional feedback and methods. it is going to turn out a useful instrument for a variety of readers.
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1 Initially using methodology from the social sciences, he tested psychoanalytic hypotheses about dreams in depression, finding evidence that seemed at first to support the idea that depression was characterized by the masochistic wish to suffer. However, the epistemology of experimental science led him to trust data more than theory, and ultimately he concluded that, whilst the dreams of depressed people did feature themes of suffering, loss, and failure, there was no evidence to support the notion of a wish to suffer (Beck and Hurvich 1959; Beck and Ward 1961).
In the 1990s, the potential for restructuring implicit levels of cognition by means of what would soon be called imagery rescripting using drama and dialogue methods began to be recognized within CBT. The present author was one of several cognitive therapists trained by Beck who were influenced by experiences with Gestalt therapists; others were Jeff Young, who was developing schema therapy, and Merv Smucker who developed imagery rescripting and reprocessing therapy. By the early 1990s a significant integration of these methods into cognitive therapy was taking place (Beck et al.
Kline (1952) describes work with a disowned part of the self in a woman who could not sit alone in the dark because she sensed a looming figure, which she vaguely saw as a witch, her face hidden by a hat. Under hypnosis she was asked to look closely at the figure and saw that the witch was herself. The therapist invited her to dialogue with the witch who revealed that she represented all the things she desired to do but was afraid to because of her mother’s punitiveness. Work on integrating this disowned part of herself led to the therapist suggesting a merging of the images of herself and the witch, so that by the end of the therapy she could say of the witch, ‘I guess she is a thing of the past since I am now the “witch” and I like it’ (p.
Coping: The Psychology of What Works by C. R. Snyder