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The Self and Perspective Taking
Contributions and Applications from Modern Behavioral Science
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Helping clients cope with problems of self is an important goal of modern psychotherapy. However, without ways of understanding or measuring the self and self-relevant behavior, it’s difficult for psychologists and researchers to determine if intervention has been effective.

From a modern contextual behavioral point of view, the self develops in tandem with the ability to take perspective on one’s own and other people’s behavior. This collection of articles by Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, Louise McHugh, Ian Stewart, and other leading researchers begins with a complete history of psychological approaches to understanding the self before presenting contemporary accounts that examine the self and perspective taking from behavioral, developmental, and cognitive perspectives. The articles in The Self and Perspective Taking also explore the role of the self as it relates to acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and mindfulness processes. Featuring work from world-renowned psychologists, this resource will help clinicians augment self-understanding in clients, especially those with autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and impaired perspective-taking abilities.

Publisher Reviews
  • “Perhaps nothing is more important in psychology than the understanding of oneself as well as the ability to take the perspectives of others. This book offers a groundbreaking, cutting-edge, empirically-based contextual behavioral perspective on the self. For example, the authors show how perspective-taking is developed using basic science, going far beyond theory of mind and demonstrating how this knowledge can be directly applied to work with schoolchildren and in clinical settings. If you want a single book that includes both rigorous science and direct clinical applications on the self, look no further!”
    -JoAnne Dahl, PhD, associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden

  • “This remarkable edited book offers a dense and tantalizing pragmatic analysis of the self and consciousness. It is one of the best contemporary evidence-based accounts of the nature of human consciousness that I have seen, period. A must-read for anyone curious about the human condition, especially readers interested in language and cognition, acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches, positive psychology, and newer third-generation behavior therapies.”
    -John P. Forsyth, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany, State University of New York

  • “In this authoritative volume, the world of self, identity, mindfulness, and emotional disturbances is infused with exciting new theories, methods, and results. The chapters illustrate how this mixture of science and application provides the potential for designing new therapies and improving the quality of people's lives.”
    -Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, professor at George Mason University and author of Curious? and Designing Positive Psychology

  • “This book on recent advances in our understanding of the concept of the self exemplifies the saying that “there is nothing as practical as a good theory.” The authors cover modern scientific findings and, more remarkably, manage to illustrate how these findings are relevant for psychological treatment. A must-read for anyone with an interest in the concept of the self, scientist and clinician alike!”
    -Niklas Törneke MD, author of Learning RFT


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