Second-Order Change in Psychotherapy: The Golden Thread That Unifies Effective Treatments Kindle Edition
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About the Author
J. Scott Fraser is a professor at Wright State University in Dayton, OH; Andrew Solovey is Associate Director of Clinical Services at Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center in Chillicothe, OH. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- Print length : 320 pages
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- ASIN : B00CO5Y4HY
- Publisher : American Psychological Association; 1st edition (15 September 2006)
- Language: : English
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Powerful mindset changeReviewed in the United States on 31 August 2020
The theory and application of second order change has a somewhat esoteric origin in set theory but when properly understood it can provide a powerful mindset change to effect significant psychotherapeutic change. The idea is that typical change efforts are first order change that ay change the dynamic within a system but not the system itself, leaving the issue unchanged or sometimes made worse. This latter outcome is not atypical of first order change, where the solution itself becomes the problem. A classic example of this re marital spats where one party attempting to influence the other results in resistance and an unproductive response which turns into. vicious cycle of escalation. The second order response is often counter-intuitive, sometimes the opposite of what one would think as the solution. The classic example here is exposure to the anxiety creating stimulus as opposed to avoidance of the stimulus, which makes the situation worse. I wish there were a shorter more layperson version of this work that would also address second order solutions in public policy. A lot f creativity techniques implicitly use this approach although they are not categorized as second order change.
This really a great bookReviewed in the United States on 15 September 2020
I have interested in second order change in therapy for many years and this book made sense of this and explained how this works. I would . Recommend this book to anyone interested in second order change.
Five StarsReviewed in the United States on 17 November 2015
Great book! I am a big fan of Scott Fraser.
Great book 4 your bookshelf!!Reviewed in the United States on 5 March 2010
This is such a great book and a must read! Given that my background includes PSY, MHC, and MFT, I was curious about what I might find. I found this book to be very accurate and easy for those folks who might be less informed to understand. It is a great book to add to one's bookshelf and then pull it out when needed in a multitude of ways. :-)
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Too Cognitive Behavioral, Not Well BalancedReviewed in the United States on 12 May 2012
Book did not include treatments involving the right brain. Purely left brained interventions imply that thoughts precede feelings. Experiences create feelings and automatic responses. Interventions which merely call for changing how one thinks, leaves the automatic emotional responses the same, and only first order change is possible. These automatic responses have a primal quality to them and they will trump our thoughts and produce involuntary emotional responses and affect our actions every time. If a therapist ignores what one automatically anticipates will happen, due to what already had happened, the underlying pain which was necessarily ignored in order to survive and not be overwhelmed, remains. The split then also must remain, keeping this material inaccessible. What is unapproachable remains unapproachable, the systems of denial and other systems protecting the self system remain, no second order change is possible. A very disappointing cerebral book. Not what I was expecting at all when I purchased it.
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