Perception of Self in Emotional Disorder and Psychotherapy

  • Lorne M. Hartman
  • Kirk R. Blankstein

Part of the Advances in the Study of Communication and Affect book series (ASCA, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier
      Pages 5-35
    3. Herbert M. Lefcourt
      Pages 37-49
    4. Harold A. Sackeim
      Pages 51-83
  3. Clinical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-111
    2. Jonathan M. Cheek, Lisa A. Melchior, Andrea M. Carpentieri
      Pages 113-131
    3. David M. Garner, Maureen V. Garner
      Pages 133-156
    4. Jay G. Hull, Paula P. Schnurr
      Pages 157-185
    5. Keith S. Dobson
      Pages 187-217
    6. T. D. Borkovec, Richard L. Metzger, Thomas Pruzinsky
      Pages 219-260
  4. Treatment Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-263
    2. Jack Adams-Webber
      Pages 283-303
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 331-336

About this book


One's view of self has pervasive and significant effects socially, psychologi­ cally, and even biologically. Regardless of theoretical differences, most psycho­ therapists agree that perception of self in one way or another profoundly impacts emotional satisfaction, behavioral adaptation, and rational thinking. Self-accep­ tance has played a major role in almost every major theory of personality. Despite its recognized importance over the years, only recently has the percep­ tion of self received vigorous research attention as a central variable in the development and maintenance of psychological dysfunction and as a mediating mechanism in effecting psychological change. Several lines of evidence point to the importance of self-perception in emotional disorder and psychotherapy. Feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness are frequently cited complaints among persons seeking psychological help. Peo­ ple with low self-esteem see themselves as helpless and inferior. They feel incapable of improving their situation. They fail to evidence the requisite inner resources or coping abilities for tolerating the stress of their life situation. The ability to be involved in healthy intimate relationships, to engage in successful career performance, to experience satisfactory sexual functioning, or to maintain effective mood management are all subject to disruption as a result of inconsis­ tent and impaired self-appraisal.


Action Perception attention coping emotion feeling management stress thinking

Editors and affiliations

  • Lorne M. Hartman
    • 1
  • Kirk R. Blankstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Addiction Research FoundationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Erindale CollegeUniversity of TorontoMississauga, TorontoCanada

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