Helping clients cope with problems of self is an important goal of modern psychotherapy. However, without ways of understanding or measuring the self and self-relevant behaviour, it’s difficult for psychologists and researchers to determine if intervention has been effective.
From a modern contextual behavioural point of view, the self develops in tandem with the ability to take perspective on one’s own and other people’s behaviour. This collection of articles by Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, Louise McHugh, Ian Stewart, and other leading researchers begins with a complete history of psychological approaches to understanding the self before presenting contemporary accounts that examine the self and perspective taking from behavioural, developmental, and cognitive perspectives. The articles in The Self and Perspective Taking also explore the role of the self as it relates to acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and mindfulness processes.
Featuring work from world-renowned psychologists, this resource will help clinicians augment self-understanding in clients, especially those with autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and impaired perspective-taking abilities.
“This remarkable edited book offers a densely rich and tantalizing pragmatic analysis of “the self” and consciousness. It is one of the best, if not “the best,” contemporary evidence-based accounts of the nature of human consciousness that I have seen. Period. A must read for anyone curious about the human condition, and especially readers with an interest language and cognition, acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches, positive psychology, and newer third generation behavior therapies.”
— John P. Forsyth, PhD
Professor of Psychology & Director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program, University at Albany
Louise McHugh, PhD, is a lecturer in the psychology department at Swansea University in Wales. Her research interests include acceptance and change therapies and the development and training of complex cognitive skills, including perspective taking. She lives in Swansea.
Ian Stewart, PhD, is a faculty member in the department of psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research focuses on the analysis of language and cognition from a relational frame theory (RFT) perspective. His articles have been published in over forty international peer-reviewed journals and he is coauthor of The Art and Science of Valuing in Psychotherapy. Ian lives in Galway, Ireland.