- Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393711714
- ISBN-13: 978-0393711714
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) 1st Edition
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“Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy is a good resource for clinicians who may be skeptical about the concept of play in psychotherapy, yet may be burned out on traditional ways of doing therapy day after day. It provides a framework to approach the work from a different mindset, and perhaps breathe new life into clinical sessions.”
- Psych Central
“This book explores creativity and play as related not only to psychotherapy but more broadly to improvisation and theater, confidence and self-awareness, optimism, parent-child relationships, ADHD, trauma, intuition, neurobiology, and even the future of humankind. The impressive list of contributors touch on a wide range of topics. The extensive coverage should not come as a surprise, given that play and creativity are such enormously important topics for individuals at all ages and in all cultures. Indeed, this book will fascinate psychotherapists as well as individuals who have nothing to do with psychotherapy but are interested in the fulfillment of potentials, both of individuals and of society as a whole. ”
- Mark A. Runco, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Creativity Research Journal
About the Author
Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California. She teaches affective neuroscience at Reiss Davis Child Study Center, is a research associate at the Institute of Fractal Research, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment. She teaches yoga, dances, draws, and generally strives towards a balanced life through embodying her values. Dr. Marks-Tarlow is available for psychotherapy, talks, and trainings through her website: www.markstarlow.com.
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This book is full of professional, scientific, practical information regarding the crucial importance of play in being well and healthy, resilient to challenges. It stands in objective contrast to the opinion that playing is a waste of time. I encourage readers to check out the table of contents to discover the various specific ways in which play therapy can make a big difference.
We claim that the doctors don't do the healing, nature does. What the doctor does is to prepare the patient for nature's operation. Play can be very ambiguous, hard to pin down into elements of labor producing elements of progress or production. We look to outcomes, and ignore the process. For some adults, discovering that they can indeed play comes as a healing shock. Freedom from the jail of shoulds and expectations.
When therapists philosophize, and speculate about the eternals of human existence, rather than the practicalities of today's challenges to behaviors and habits, the eternal verities return to the discussion. True, we need to eat in order to live, but we don't live in order to eat--we live to play! Everyone is born ready and feeling entitled to explore what life brings out in them as they play along. Unfortunately, the grown ups have been spoiled and begin to spoil the kids. That will provide future income for psychotherapists. Health insurance going out the window, we'll need a new basis for supporting psychotherapists who wish to save us through play!
Seriously, though, no playing around, these folks are making important suggestions regarding the importance of play. Buy a copy and send it to your insurance company! Therapists would love to play with you; they just have to document it and rationalize it in order to get paid. This book will help a lot!