Psychotherapy and the Bored Patient

Psychotherapy and the Bored Patient

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The specific guidelines to the clinical management of the bored or boring patient--offered in this provocative book--will be valuable to all psychotherapists. Contributors discuss the fascinating theories and therapies of boredom--why it is both a necessity and an obstacle to a person's development. Fresh insights into the meaning of boredom for the patient or the therapist (or both) are presented through the discussion of such topics as the type of person most prone to boredom, boredom as a launching point into other experiences, boredom as a defense against strong affects and drive derivatives, the manifestations of boredom in marital therapy clients, and much more.
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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 152 x 216mm | 320g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138996939
  • 9781138996939

Table of contents

Boredom as a Text in Waiting: A Preface

An Awakening and Complexity
Boredom: Theory and Therapy
The Bored and Boring Patient
Functions of Boredom: Treatment Implications
Characterological Boredom as Symptom and Tragedy
The Bored Patient: A Developmental/Existential Perspective
Treating the Bored Client With Rational-Emotive Therapy (RET)
Client-Therapist Boredom: What Does It Mean and What Do We Do?
The Use of the Therapist's Self in the Treatment of the Bored Patient
The Bored Client: A Logotherapy Approach
Transition Boredom
On the Feeling of Longing With Schizophrenic Patients
Boredom in Marital Therapy: A Clinician's Reflections
Some Lively Thoughts on Boredom
Holding On When You Feel Like Letting Go
Paralysis of the Soul: When Life Becomes Boredom
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