The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Stoic Philospohy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy

The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Stoic Philospohy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy

by Donald J. Robertson

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Overview

Why should modern psychotherapists be interested in philosophy, especially ancient philosophy? Why should philosophers be interested in psychotherapy? There is a sense of mutual attraction between what are today two thoroughly distinct disciplines. However, arguably it was not always the case that they were distinct. The author takes the view that by reconsidering the generally received wisdom concerning the history of these closely-related subjects, we can learn a great deal about both philosophy and psychotherapy, under which heading he includes potentially solitary pursuits such as "self-help" and "personal development".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781855757561
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Donald Robertson is an integrative psychotherapist and trainer, who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and the use of cognitive-behavioral approaches to clinical hypnotherapy. He is the author of a number of articles on philosophy and psychotherapy in professional journals, and the forthcoming book, The Discovery of Hypnosis, The Collected Writings of James Braid. Donald’s background in academic philosophy has helped him to appreciate the relationship between modern psychotherapy and ancient philosophy, a subject that he has frequently written about and lectured upon in training courses and professional conferences over the years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

About the Author ix

Foreword Prof. Stephen Palmer xi

Introduction: Philosophy and psychotherapy xv

Part I Philosophy and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 1

Chapter 1 The "philosophical origins" of CBT 3

Chapter 2 The beginning of modern cognitive therapy 19

Chapter 3 A brief history of philosophical therapy 39

Chapter 4 Stoic philosophy and psychology 51

Chapter 5 Rational emotion in Stoicism and CBT 73

Chapter 6 Stoicism and Ellis's rational therapy (REBT) 109

Part II The Stoic Armamentarium 133

Chapter 7 Contemplation of the ideal sage 135

Chapter 8 Stoic mindfulness of the "here and now" 151

Chapter 9 Self-analysis and disputation 169

Chapter 10 Autosuggestion, premeditation, and retrospection 193

Chapter 11 Premeditatio malorum and mental rehearsal 207

Chapter 12 Stoic fatalism, determinism, and acceptance 227

Chapter 13 The view from above and Stoic metaphysics 249

Conclusion: Fate guides the willing 261

Appendix I An example of Stoic therapeutic regime 267

Appendix II The "View from Above" script 271

References 277

Index 283

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AR_Fan More than 1 year ago
A fantastic read. Problems and concerns of today are little different form those of antiquity. Philosophy offers answers and/or alternatives if one choses to discover them.
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