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“Perhaps nothing is more important in psychology than the understanding of oneself as well as the ability to take the perspectives of others. This book offers a groundbreaking, cutting-edge, empirically-based contextual behavioral perspective on the self. For example, the authors show how perspective-taking is developed using basic science, going far beyond theory of mind and demonstrating how this knowledge can be directly applied to work with schoolchildren and in clinical settings. If you want a single book that includes both rigorous science and direct clinical applications on the self, look no further!”
—JoAnne Dahl, PhD, associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden



“This remarkable edited book offers a dense and tantalizing pragmatic analysis of the self and consciousness. It is one of 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, especially readers interested in language and cognition, acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches, positive psychology, and newer third-generation behavior therapies.”
—John P. Forsyth, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany, State University of New York



“In this authoritative volume, the world of self, identity, mindfulness, and emotional disturbances is infused with exciting new theories, methods, and results. The chapters illustrate how this mixture of science and application provides the potential for designing new therapies and improving the quality of people’s lives.”
—Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, professor at George Mason University and author of Curious? and Designing Positive Psychology



“This book on recent advances in our understanding of the concept of the self exemplifies the saying that “there is nothing as practical as a good theory.” The authors cover modern scientific findings and, more remarkably, manage to illustrate how these findings are relevant for psychological treatment. A must-read for anyone with an interest in the concept of the self, scientist and clinician alike!”
—Niklas Törneke MD, author of Learning RFT

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"The Self and Perspective-Taking is an edited professional book featuring articles by several leading researchers and practitioners in psychotherapy, including Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson and others. It presents the latest research findings and approaches to understanding how people learn the concepts of “self” and “other”, how disruptions in this process can cause self-understanding deficits, and how these deficits can be overcome."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Context Press; 1 edition (February 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572249951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572249950
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Oz Psych on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
As the authors note, the concept of 'self' has had a central role in psychology (plus counseling, social work, education and psychiatry) for almost the entire time these fields have existed. This is hardly surprising as if we can understand our'selves' we also will better understand 'others' and how 'we' all fit together. It is difficult to think of a field of human interaction that would not benefit from such knowledge and insight. Unfortunately, this pivotal and important concept has suffered the from having no coherent or scientific way to understand and investigate it. As a result the 'self' has been reduced to 'common sense' or 'pop psychology' interpretations and uses, with all manner of claims being made about what is good or useful for our 'self esteem', 'self confidence' 'sense of self', 'self awareness' 'insight into self' etc etc.

Psychology may be fragmented and still lacking a coherent scientific approach but given the reliance it places on the 'self' as an explanatory concept it is long overdue that a rigorous analysis of the concept it relies so heavily upon be done. Unfortunately, until recently, psychology has had no coherent scientific approach to take that step. Recently a new approach to behavioural science that expands functional contextual measurement for a more fine grained analysis, Relational Frame Theory, has provided a powerful system to examine and understand complex human functioning. As such, many domains (such as inference, reasoning, decision making etc) previously left to highly theoretical approaches can now be studied in ways that lead directly to applications (such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, the IRAP etc). So now that highly elusive concept, the 'self' can finally be put under the microscope and brought into the light....
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hoopdog on February 21, 2012
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Sometimes, understanding the different aspects of Contextual Behavioral Science, and how they come together, can be a bit tricky. One such area that escaped my understanding for some time was the importance of the self. The 'blue book' cleared this up for me in such a way that its principles inform nearly every situation I now encounter.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Larsson on February 20, 2012
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There is virtually no area of human action or interaction in which our sense of self does not come into account. As a researcher in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory I have been waiting for this book to hit the shelves, and it does not disappoint. Even though I shouldn't be (the author list is a vritual "who's who" of Contextual Behavior Science intelligentia) I am surprised how much I learn from every chapter.
I was excited to read a behaviorist model of mindfulness meditation, of looking through the psychological flexibility lens and seeing the deictic framing beneath and how we can build and move these repertoires in clients.
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