People and Change: An Introduction to Counseling and Stress Management

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Preface

Change is the key feature of modern living. Everyday experiences lead to constant, small changes--in people's behavior, in their outlook, in their feelings, and in their health. Independent changes take place in people's environment and in the people with whom they share their world. This book is about how and why such changes come about. It is about how people develop their personal habits of behaving and thinking and how these habits can consolidate or hinder their efforts to cope on a day-to-day basis, as well as over time.

Multifarious factors interact in the complex stress process: Bad habits are exacerbated, and areas of vulnerability are exposed, sometimes leading to psychopathology. How clinical levels of psychological difficulty are reached is outlined, as well as how problems such as phobias, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, shyness, marital and sexual difficulties, and overindulgences are treated. Contemporary cognitive and behavioral therapies, which reflect advances in theory over the last 30 years, are described and explained. The pervasiveness of change and the necessity of equipping people to handle it through self-knowledge and personal coping skills are emphasized throughout.

If your career engages you with other people and their problems, an understanding of the dynamics of behavior change and stress management is essential. This book will provide you with such knowledge and information. Students of psychology, future counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, general medical practitioners, nurses, management consultants, nutritionists, and physiotherapists--in fact, anyone involved in the promotion of health and, in particular, mental health--will benefit from studying this book. The reader will glean a contemporary understanding of complex learning processes, as well as how psychological problems arise and are treated.

Catherine M. Flanagan

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - How Problems Develop 7
  • 1 - Learning 9
  • 2 - Sources of Stress 23
  • 3 - The Stress Response 49
  • Part II - Specific Problem Areas 59
  • 4 - Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias 61
  • 5 - Depression 75
  • 6 - Obsessive-Compulsive Problems 85
  • 7 - Relating 95
  • 8 - Marriage 105
  • 9 - Sex 113
  • 10 - Overindulgence 123
  • 11 - Attrition, Adherence, and Relapse 135
  • Appendix I - Identifying Problems and Planning Changes 149
  • Appendix V - Making Changes in Thinking 201
  • References 229
  • Author Index 237
  • Subject Index 245
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