States and Processes for Mental Health, presents a novel mechanism of action for psychotherapy, revealing how psychotherapy actually works by advancing key states and processes characterizing mental health. This new understanding is presented in three sections. The first section identifies the key states and processes characterizing mental health including activity, psychological defense mechanisms, social connectedness and human specific cognition. The second section examines 15 different major forms of psychotherapy and non-specific factors. For each form of psychotherapy a comprehensive overview, including an empirical and theoretical proof of concept is provided. In the last section, the author explores the problems in the current psychotherapy approach, whereby various forms of psychotherapy are oriented to remedying psychopathology. Dr. Bowin offers a new approach to psychotherapy, focusing on applying general strategies derived from existing forms to help advance each of the states and processes characterizing mental health.
- Presents six factors critical to maintaining mental health
- Reviews how different therapies attempt to influence these factors
- Explores role of behavioral activation and inhibition systems (BAS/BIS) in health
- Focuses on importance of social connectedness and self-acceptance
- Includes importance of adaptability, self-regulation, and defense mechanisms
SECTION 1 1. Introduction 2. Activity 3. Psychological Defense Mechanisms 4. Social Connectedness 5. Regulation 6. Human Specific Cognition 7. Self-Acceptance 8. Adaptability 9. Conclusion
SECTION 2 10. Introduction 11. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 12. Behavioral Therapy 13. Cognitive Therapy 14. Compassion-Focused Therapy 15. Emotion-Focused Therapy 16. Existential Psychotherapy 17. Gestalt Therapy 18. Interpersonal Psychotherapy 19. Mindfulness-Based Therapy 20. Narrative Therapy 21. Person-Centered Therapy 22. Positive Psychotherapy 23. Problem-Solving Therapy 24. Psychoanalytic Therapy 25. Rational-Emotive Therapy 26. Non-Specific Factors 27. Conclusion
SECTION 3 28. Problems with the Discrete Approach 29. Moving Forward
Dr. Bowins is a psychiatrist, researcher, and founder of The Centre For Theoretical Research In Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology (psychiatrytheory.com). His research and writings challenge the status quo, fostering paradigm shifts so crucial to the advancement of science and knowledge. Several theoretical perspectives, presented in peer-reviewed papers and Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, And Defense (Routledge, 2016), have advanced the way that key aspects of mental illness are understood including psychological defense mechanisms, psychosis and schizophrenia, hypomania, continuums, regulation, personality disorders, repetitive maladaptive behavior, and dissociation. In addition, other peer-reviewed papers and books provide unique perspective on topics such as motion sickness, the nature of the conscious and unconscious mind, sexual orientation, and men's health.