Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness

Author: Emmy van Deurzen
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0857026534
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"A passionate and thought-provoking book, particularly in our present economic climate" - Therapy Today, May 2009 "A vibrant, passionate, and hugely readable text which goes to the heart of the therapeutic project: how to help clients lead fuller and more meaningful lives" - Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling at University of Strathclyde The unspoken yearning that brings people to therapy is often that of a desperate desire for happiness. Should therapists ignore this desire, interpret it or challenge it? And what does our preoccupation with happiness tell us about contemporary culture and the role of the therapist? In this book, Emmy van Deurzen addresses the taboo subject of the moral role of psychotherapists and counsellors. Asking when and why we decided that the aim of life is to be happy, she poses searching questions about the meaning of life. Psychotherap y and the Quest for Happiness seeks to define what a good life consists of and how therapists might help their clients to live well rather than just in search of happiness. This text makes stimulating reading for all trainee and practising counsellors and psychotherapists, especially those interested in the existential approach. Emmy van Deurzen is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Conflict and Reconciliation, and honorary Professor at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield

The Quest to Feel Good

Author: Paul R. Rasmussen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135889929
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Emotions, rather than simply being the result of random or disordered biochemical processes, are adaptive mechanisms that are often overly relied upon as a function of basic learning processes. The Quest to Feel Good helps the reader understand that negative emotions serve a critical adaptive purpose that functions in relation to one’s ultimate desire for a felt-positive state. Paul Rasmussen addresses the role of emotions as adaptive components, in combination with cognitive and behavioral processes, to our overall orchestration of life. To this end, the therapist is directed to use a client’s negative affect as a means of guiding critical therapeutic conclusions and decisions. Rasmussen emphasizes an integration of the basic premises of Adlerian psychology with the evolutionary-imperative model presented by Theodore Millon (1990, 1999). This integration is used to explain the primacy of emotions in the manifestation of most clinical conditions. This critical integration and focus makes the volume important, necessary, and unique to mental health professionals. Case examples and illustrations are also offered throughout the text.

The Happiness Quest

Author: Lana Penrose
Publisher: Finch Pub
ISBN: 9781925048339
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The Happiness Quest is a mental health memoir written by a depression sufferer for depression sufferers (one in five) and happiness seekers (almost everyone) It is a raw, real and funny antidote to the plethora of literature already available on depression treatments that is heavy, clinically written and well meaning but lacks that one essential ingredient - the insights of an ordinary but articulate individual who has actually suffered from and overcome her depression. In 2008, author Lana Penrose was diagnosed with major depression. Not surprising, really, considering she'd just been through a divorce, moved countries three times and discovered that the new love of her life was a closet drug addict. She returned home, buckling under the weight of her emotions. Taking its cue, the Black Dog bit, and it bit hard. Staring down an uncertain and unhappy future, Lana chose to fight for her happiness, documenting her experiences along the way with the same witty prose that made To Hellas and Back a delight and a bestseller. In The Happiness Quest, Lana takes readers on an A-Z journey through depression, giving them insights about what depression feels like and what the journey of tackling depression is really like (ie. waiting for appointments, finding the right therapy/therapist/medication, searching, suffering, psychological insights, slow progress, stigma, breakthroughs). Her only proviso for trying out a therapy was that it had to be legal, and she tries any and every available therapeutic option in her search for health and happiness, from medication and talk therapy to shamanism, visualisation and practising gratitude, rating them in accordance with their effectiveness for her. Depression was a part of Lana's life on and off for eight years, but since completing her happiness quest, she has not had a depressive episode since 2010, without the use of medication. Her story offers hope to other sufferers that it is possible to beat depression - with help and hope and gritty determination.

The Human Quest for Meaning

Author: Paul T. P. Wong
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136508090
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The first edition of The Human Quest for Meaning was a major publication on the empirical research of meaning in life and its vital role in well-being, resilience, and psychotherapy. This new edition continues that quest and seeks to answer the questions, what is the meaning of life? How do we explain what constitutes meaningful relationships, work, and living? The answers, as the eminent scholars and practitioners who contributed to this text find, are neither simple nor straightforward. While seeking to clarify subjective vs. objective meaning in 21 new and 7 revised chapters, the authors also address the differences in cultural contexts, and identify 8 different sources of meaning, as well as at least 6 different stages in the process of the search for meaning. They also address different perspectives, including positive psychology, self-determination, integrative, narrative, and relational perspectives, to ensure that readers obtain the most thorough information possible. Mental health practitioners will find the numerous meaning-centered interventions, such as the PURE and ABCDE methods, highly useful in their own work with facilitating healing and personal growth in their clients. The Human Quest for Meaning represents a bold new vision for the future of meaning-oriented research and applications. No one seeking to truly understand the human condition should be without it.

The Quest for the Good Life

Author: Øyvind Rabbås
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191064025
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How should I live? How can I be happy? What is happiness, really? These are perennial questions, which in recent times have become the object of diverse kinds of academic research. Ancient philosophers placed happiness at the centre of their thought, and we can trace the topic through nearly a millennium. While the centrality of the notion of happiness in ancient ethics is well known, this book is unique in that it focuses directly on this notion, as it appears in the ancient texts. Fourteen papers by an international team of scholars map the various approaches and conceptions found from the Pre-Socratics through Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic Philosophy, to the Neo-Platonists and Augustine in late antiquity. While not promising a formula that can guarantee a greater share in happiness to the reader, the book addresses questions raised by ancient thinkers that are still of deep concern to many people today: Do I have to be a morally good person in order to be happy? Are there purely external criteria for happiness such as success according to received social norms or is happiness merely a matter of an internal state of the person? How is happiness related to the stages of life and generally to time? In this book the reader will find an informed discussion of these and many other questions relating to happiness.

Spontaneous Happiness

Author: Andrew Weil
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316192120
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Everyone wants to be happy. But what does that really mean? Increasingly, scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within. Dr. Andrew Weil has proven that the best way to maintain optimum physical health is to draw on both conventional and alternative medicine. Now, in Spontaneous Happiness, he gives us the foundation for attaining and sustaining optimum emotional health. Rooted in Dr. Weil's pioneering work in integrative medicine, the book suggests a reinterpretation of the notion of happiness, discusses the limitations of the biomedical model in treating depression, and elaborates on the inseparability of body and mind. Dr. Weil offers an array of scientifically proven strategies from Eastern and Western psychology to counteract low mood and enhance contentment, comfort, resilience, serenity, and emotional balance. Drawn from psychotherapy, mindfulness training, Buddhist psychology, nutritional science, and more, these strategies include body-oriented therapies to support emotional wellness, techniques for managing stress and anxiety and changing mental habits that keep us stuck in negative patterns, and advice on developing a spiritual dimension in our lives. Lastly, Dr. Weil presents an eight-week program that can be customized according to specific needs, with short- and long-term advice on nutrition, exercise, supplements, environment, lifestyle, and much more. Whether you are struggling with depression or simply want to feel happier, Dr. Weil's revolutionary approach will shift the paradigm of emotional health and help you achieve greater contentment in your life.

Paradox and Passion in Psychotherapy

Author: Emmy van Deurzen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118713842
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"Paradox and Passion in Psychotherapy, second edition, " is a fully updated edition of a classic guide to existential psychotherapy by a leading practitioner in the field. The first edition was widely praised for the author's directness and honesty in examining the therapeutic process, and the "Second Edition" continues that tradition by considering the personal and subjective dimensions of psychotherapy in a fresh and bold manner. The author weaves together concepts of existential psychotherapy with case studies and her own experiential observations in a seamless narrative, covering a wide range of issues including loneliness, survival, self-understanding, love, and passion. Throughout, the book provides practical and commonsense approaches to tackling sensitive issues in the therapeutic relationship with an emphasis on transparency and authenticity for both the client and therapist.

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

Author: Stephen Cope
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 198480006X
Format: PDF, ePub
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More than 100,000 copies sold! Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in the midst of our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as "the way of the fully alive human being"--a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation that fits the needs of modern Western seekers with startling precision. Now one of America's leading scholars of yoga psychology--who is also a Western-trained psychotherapist--offers this marvelously lively and personal account of an ancient tradition that promises "the soul awake in this lifetime." Drawing on the vivid stories of practitioners at the largest yoga center in America, where he has lived and taught for more than ten years, Stephen Cope describes the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga--a practical science of development that urges us not to transcend or dissolve the self, but rather to encounter it more deeply. In this irreverent modern-day Pilgrim's Progress, Cope introduces us to an unforgettable cast of contemporary seekers--on the road to enlightenment carrying all the baggage of the human condition: confusion, loss, disappointment, addiction, and the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. As he describes the subtle shifts of energy and consciousness that happen at each stage of the path, we discover that in yoga, "liberation" does not require us to leave life in the world for some transcendent spiritual plane. Life itself is the path. Above all, Cope shows how yoga can heal the suffering of self-estrangement that pervades our society, leading us to a new sense of purpose and to a deeper, more satisfying life in the world.

The Science of Happiness

Author: Stefan Klein
Publisher: Scribe Publications
ISBN: 1921215143
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The international bestseller – an enthralling exploration of the how and why behind the science of happiness. We all know what it feels like to be happy, but what mechanisms inside our brains trigger such a positive emotion? What does it really mean to be happy, and why can't we feel that way all of the time? Psychologists and neuroscientists have been studying negative emotions for decades, but until recently few have focused on the subject of happiness. Now, in The Science of Happiness, leading science journalist Stefan Klein ranges widely across the latest frontiers of neuroscience and psychology to explain how happiness is generated in our brains, what biological purpose it serves, and the conditions required to foster 'the pursuit of happiness'. A remarkable synthesis of a growing body of research that has not been brought together before, The Science of Happiness is, ultimately, a book that helps us understand our own quest for happiness and is certain to help make you happier.