About this book
· Introduces the Looming Vulnerability Model in its evolutionary, developmental, cognitive, and ecological contexts.
· Unites diverse theoretical strands regarding anxiety, fear, and worry including work on wildlife behavior, experimental cognition and perception, neuroimaging, and emotion.
· Defines the looming cognitive style as a core aspect of vulnerability.
· Describes the measurement of the looming cognitive style, Looming Maladaptive Style Questionnaire, and measures of looming vulnerability for specific disorders.
· Details diverse clinical applications of the LVM across the anxiety disorders.
Spotlighting phenomena particularly relevant to current times, Looming Vulnerability, brings a wealth of important new ideas to researchers studying anxiety disorders and practitioners seeking more avenues for treating anxiety in their patients.
- Book Title Looming Vulnerability
- Book Subtitle Theory, Research and Practice in Anxiety
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-8782-5
- Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018
- Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
- eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4939-8780-1
- Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-9390-1
- eBook ISBN 978-1-4939-8782-5
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XX, 289
- Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
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“For decades, Professor Riskind and his colleagues have advanced a fascinating program of research focusing how individuals create, in their own mind, an anticipated future of approaching threats, and respond to this creation with considerable anxiety. Riskind and colleagues amassed an impressive evidential body of work validating the presence, and pernicious consequences, of the looming cognitive style and perceptions of rapidly growing and approaching threats. Thanks to this work, we know how to identify and measure this style, and -- not less importantly -- we know how to treat it. Every clinician, from every persuasion, should consult this groundbreaking work and incorporate its wisdom in her practice. Thanks to this book, the work is now highly accessible. A major accomplishment.” (Golan Shahar, Professor of Psychology, Ben Gurion University, Zlotowsky Chair in Neuropsychology)
“For decades researchers and clinicians have recognized that threat perception is the core process responsible for anxiety and fear. A better understanding of threat perception is critical to understanding the etiology, persistence and treatment of anxiety. And yet progress has been slow in recent years, in part due to theoretical inertia. With the publication of Looming Vulnerability, John Riskind and his coauthor Neil Rector offer an innovative and refreshing perspective on threat perception that injects new life into the cognitive-behavioral perspective on fear and anxiety. The looming vulnerability model conceptualizes threat perception in terms of dynamic growth and rapid gain, showing how a better understanding of this much neglected feature of threat can enhance cognitive-behavioral models and treatment of the anxiety disorders. This volume is rich in its review of biological, cognitive, social and behavioral research of anxiety, demonstrating how looming vulnerability is a transdiagnostic, integrative construct with specific treatment implications. This comprehensive volume contains a wealth of testable ideas of interest to researchers and treatment implications that clinicians will find informative. It is highly recommended for researchers and clinicians alike interested in a unique perspective on anxiety and its treatment.” (David A. Clark, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, The University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Province, Canada)
“Life is filled with threats and our emotional health is directly linked to the perception of those threats. However, threat perception is not a static, but rather a dynamic experience, which is at the core of the looming vulnerability concept. Riskind and Rector, the foremost experts in this area, have presented a tour de force on the theory, research, and clinical applications of looming vulnerability as it applies to anxiety. It is a must-read for any student, clinician, and researcher working in the clinical field. I highly recommend it.” (Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D. Professor, Boston University. Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University, USA)
“Riskind and Rector’s Looming Vulnerability: Theory, Research and Practice represents a major advance in understanding the cognitive and evolutionary basis of anxiety and other emotional disorders. The book presents an innovative cognitive-behavioral theoretical perspective which states that the dynamic experience of threat perception is a core process in anxiety and fear. The “looming vulnerability model” is based on a synthesis of literature on cognitive science, emotions and cognitive appraisal, neuroscience, and animal and comparative psychology. It is a source of thought-provoking ideas and insights and even presents a set of new concepts and techniques for clinical practice.” (Lauren B. Alloy is Professor and Joseph Wolpe Distinguished Faculty in the Department of Psychology, Temple University)