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by Susan Vaughan

A psychoanalyst explores the ways in which the process and mechanisms of therapy shape and alter the brain, the way psychotherapy works, and its effects on human interaction with the world around.
Download The Talking Cure: The Science Behind Psychotherapy epub
ISBN: 0399142290
ISBN13: 978-0399142291
Category: Fitness
Subcategory: Psychology & Counseling
Author: Susan Vaughan
Language: English
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (April 14, 1997)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1225 kb
FB2 size: 1906 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 923
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I have read so much about mental disorders that I can definitely say I know what I am talking about. This book talks about talk therapy . My close relative was and
has still some signs of psychosis. I have found out that the best way to cure or have long term healing is with non medication psycho thrapy . Unfortunately our big pharmaceutical companies will never allow for this to happen. They never let us to find a cure for cancer or bipolar or Schizophrenia. these big companies along with the mental hospitals and cancer centers ... will always put profit before humanity. Talk therapy goes inside the memory inside the brain, inside the trauma and work to undo the harm that is done to the individual. This relative of mine was an amazing high achiever but was raised by a very over protective mother and when my relative got involved with this mentally abusive man in a long distance relationship, she started to isolate herself from friends and relatives and this man became her guard. then he little by little degraded her to a point that she started hearing voices telling her she is no good. he then left her for another woman. My relative was a mess when all was done. but the parents instead of kicking her out or put her in a mental hospital they took her to nor feed back bio feed back for 4 months then talk thrapy now my relative has returned to workforce and even did an internship in the congress and is making money out of her education. Science has proven that mentally ill will be cured by talk thrapy and stay cured compare to taking medication which is suppose to be for life and the patience collapses many times down the road
This review is an update of my previous one from 2001. From both a psychodynamic and a neurological perspective, Vaughn shows us the inner workings of psychotherapy. Thanks to neural plasticity, successful psychotherapy can modify neural pathways and brain structure. Support for this can be found in the way dreams change in the course of successful psychotherapy. During REM sleep, the reticular formation is activated and, as neurons from that area are fired, habitual story themes are cranked out that reflect a client's Core Conflict (as described by Luborsky). As successful psychotherapy progresses, dreams change; i.e., the Core Conflict changes, which in turn indicates that the neurons fired from the reticular formation are being fired in a new, different way, with fresh pathways and patterns. Yes, good psychotherapy does work, and it does change the brain.
This fascinating book explains how psychotherapy literally changes the way that the neurons in the brain are interconnected to change the way you look at relationships in a permanent way. Vaughan recognizes that her model is merely a framework for beginning to think about the brain effects of psychotherapy, but it is a novel and wonderful framework. Along the way she tells warm, witty and wonderful stories from her patients' psychotherapy sessions as well as her own. The best book I've ever read on the subject!
As a counselor-in-training who has a very comprehensive background in science I can find little to appreciate about this book. Vaughan is a psychoanalyst who has a penchant for relating her therapy to science. The difficulty is, for me, neither her therapy nor explanations comes across very well.

The author talks about what her patients are experiencing, what is going on in the the brain, and how it is related to therapy. She often draws subjective inferences, which may be interesting speculation but are definitely not science. What is actually science is nothing particularly groundbreaking and is integrated in a sloppy transition between the different aspects of brain functioning and their relation to therapy.

Also, it is difficult to take a lot of the research seriously when it is not referenced in the book! A study done by so and so suggest that, this computer model was developed by that cognitive scientist and colleagues, etc. Why thank you for elucidating me, Vaughan, but would you care to add references throughout the chapter so I know *where* you found your information? What was the name of the article, what year was it published, was it published in a peer review journal, does the research suggest X based on your opinion or the researchers opinion? I really cant say.....

Also, the book has a relatively heavy emphasis on psychoanalysis and dream work. Nothing new and groundbreaking for those who practice with such but also nothing interesting for people with different experience.

So we have a book that:
~Most of the general population wont understand
~Doesn't contain a lot of useful science
~Is particularly interesting
~Doesn't provide groundwork in counseling or neurobiology
~Has inadequate references


Has speculations by a MD who is also a therapist.

When it comes down to it, others may have an opinion that differers from mine, but I wasn't personally impressed with this book in any manner whatsoever.
Although the theme sounds interesting, the author has very little of depth to add. She's more interested in expounding on how important she is to her patients and how clever she is at deciphering their dreams.
I was very excited when I recently found this book. Having studied cognitive processes and most of the recent professional journal articles on memory recovery, I was very surprised that the author's theories - written in 1997 - are now being confirmed left and right! Better yet, she explains the concepts in simple ways that nearly anyone can understand. She's right; there is no Wizard of Oz hiding behind the curtain during therapy sessions. Clients need to be taught how their cognitive and memory processes work. Armed with that knowledge - as provided in Dr. Vaughan's book - those clients may experience the new, delicious, empowering sensation that they - not their therapists - are in control of their own minds and lives.