Perceptions of Phobia and Phobics

Perceptions of Phobia and Phobics : The Quest for Control

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Perceptions of Phobia and Phobics connects perceptual theory to understanding phobia, relating it both to clinical experience and quantitative experimental results. The book gives a general treatment of contemporary theories of perception on concepts of control, and discusses the question of information actually available to phobic patients and normal persons in situations that have been clinically described as phobogenic. The book begins by tracing the historical roots in phobia, arguing for a more multidimensional approach in understanding the disorder. It then gives a more general treatment of contemporary theories of perception and presents the case of reconciling the representational and the ecological standpoint. The nature of the information available to perceptual systems which initiates and maintains the phobia is also discussed, raising new and intriguing questions regarding the perceptual process and the dynamics of control in normal and phobic behaviors. Perceptions of Phobia and Phobics is of interest to practicing clinicians, researchers, graduate students and academia in psychology, clinical psychology, and psychiatry and perception.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 253 pages
  • 172 x 244 x 20mm | 598.74g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0124859607
  • 9780124859609

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"Contains much of interest." --PERCEPTION "A remarkable work of scholarship." --ERNEST R. HILGARD, Stanford University, California "A particularly unique and exciting approach to clinical problems." --JAMES W. PENNEBRAKER, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
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Table of contents

Theoretical Issues: Concepts of Control in Theories of Perception. Psychodynamic Conceptions of Neurosis and the Origins of Phobia. The World is all that is the Case: Drawing the Skeins Together. An Empirical Inquiry: The Enemy Without: The Information Picked Up by Phobic and Normal Persons Under Stationary Conditions. The Enemy Within: Strategies of Perceptual Control? When Control Fails: Perceptual Disorientation, Derealization, and Depersonalization. A Little Intermezzo on the Experience of Time. Children of Space and Time. General Discussion. Summary. Appendice A: Intercorrelations Between Construct Components for the Four Tunnelphobic Patients in Study 1. Appendix B: Means and Standard Deviations for the Different Variables in Studies II-V, Mean Z-Scores for Different Subgroups Manifesting Different Strategies. Appendix C: Items of the Perceptual Disorientation. References. Author Index. Subject Index.
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