Freedom, Responsibility, and Therapy

Authors: Beliavsky, Vlad

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  • Examines the implications of the philosophical free will debate on therapy and mental health
  • Explores whether it is possible to reconcile the theories of Freud and Rogers with regard to free will and responsibility 
  • Suggests that free will and choice are crucial to integrative psychotherapy
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This book investigates the role of free will and responsibility in mental well-being, psychotherapy, and personality theory. Mounting evidence suggests that a belief in free will is associated with positive outcomes for human mental health and behaviours, yet little is known about why the theme of freedom has such a significant impact. This book explores why and how different freedom-related concepts affect well-being and psychotherapy, such as autonomy, free will, negative freedom, the experience of freedom, blame, and responsibility.

Through the lens of the works of Freud and Rogers, the book tackles both theoretical and practical questions: How can different senses of responsibility affect mental health? What are the implications of a lack of free will for therapy? If we have no free will, can therapists continue to encourage their clients to take responsibility for their actions? Is it possible to reconcile different counselling schools concerning free will?

With an illuminating dive into both philosophy and psychotherapy, Beliavsky carefully analyses the implications of the philosophical free will debate on therapy and shows that some senses of freedom and responsibility are crucial to psychotherapy and mental health.


About the authors

Dr. Vlad Beliavsky is a visiting lecturer at the University of Warwick, UK, and behavior change consultant. Among his research interests are personality, mind, personal growth, behavior change, psychotherapy, free will, and happiness.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Freedom, Responsibility, and Therapy
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41571-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41571-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41570-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 243
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