Note: Changing Habits of Mind: A Brain-based Theory of Psychotherapy is currently under review for publication.
We will add information on where to find the book when it becomes available.
Changing Habits of Mind describes a brain-based theory of personality that provides a vocabulary for describing the dynamics of personality by integrating the mind with its body.
The theory was inspired by Zoltan Gross’s relational, characterological-oriented psychotherapeutic practice. The primary purpose of the book is to provide the psychotherapeutic community – practitioners, clinicians, theorists, and lay people – with a theory of personality that integrates neurobiology and psychology in a way that does not currently exist.
As the human brain evolved, it developed a prefrontal cortex which enabled us to cope with our environment more efficiently. At the same time, its complexity became a major source of psychological dysfunction. This is why and where psychotherapy is needed.
Dr. Gross’s theory bridges the theoretical gap that has existed between the body and its mind since Plato was first puzzled by it two and a half millennia ago.
From the earliest beginnings of psychotherapy, therapists found that their clients had great difficulty changing their personalities. Explanations, persuasion, interpretations, recalling difficulties in the past … exposure to these and other techniques have had little effect on changing the character structures that make up personality – yet the psychotherapeutic relationship does enable clients/patients to feel better, which suggests that even now psychotherapy has been missing a piece of the personality puzzle.
With the encouragement and validation of research evidence, increasing numbers of therapists – both analytic and cognitive behavioral – are understanding the importance of emotion-based therapies and the therapist’s person to successful treatment.
The theory explained in Changing Habits of Mind describes these developments as important processes in characterologically-oriented psychotherapy.
Dr. Gross has been developing his theory for many years, sharing his findings with colleagues and refining it as it has evolved through practice, professional discourse, and continuing analysis. Changing Habits of Mind is intended to be a comprehensive guide to understanding and implementing the theory for clinicians, researchers, and lay readers.
Table of Contents
The Dyad: Adventures in Wonderland
The Whole is More than the Sum of its Parts
The Paradigmatic Shift
"We can’t solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." ~Albert Einstein
A Theory of the Mind
A Paradoxically Unreliable Stabilizer
The Ghost in the Machine
The Neurological Self
The I and Its Psychological Selves
What Feelings and Emotions Really Are
How does one persuade others that the earth rotates on its axis as it orbits the sun, when it is important for them to believe that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west?
Emotions and Feelings
There is a difference!
A Portrait of the Person
Character Structure and Personal Identity
The Art of Psychotherapy
The End of the Journey
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