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The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Building and Rebuilding the Human Brain

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In contrast to this view, recent theoretical perspectives and technological advances in brain imaging have revealed that the brain is an organ continually built and re-built by one's experiences. We are now beginning to learn that many forms of psychotherapy, developed in the absence of any scientific understanding of the brain, are supported by neuroscientific findings.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 17th 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 15th 2002)
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Holly St. Pierre
Mar 07, 2014 Holly St. Pierre rated it it was amazing
If you're not a science geek, but are interested in Neuroscience, this is the perfect book for you. I read it for my masters in psychology/counseling coursework, but it's definitely not a textbookish read.

Cozolino is an engaging, easy-to-read author. If only all academic books were so easy to comprehend!
Sarah B.
Nov 20, 2014 Sarah B. rated it it was amazing
Dr. Cozolino connects what we know about neuroscience, human, and animal development into an understanding of the therapeutic process. In my opinion, one of the best books about neuroscience and mental health.
Aug 08, 2012 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
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Sharon Allen
I appreciate the simple language explaining how parts of the brain, communicating together, create networks that impact cognition, affect, and behavior. That said, mostly he seems to come to the conclusion that current interventions in psychotherapy effectively target rewiring the brain in order to produce healing effects, and I am not sure that I agree with his translation of the neuroscience. While Cozolino mentions the impact of language to improve the integration of neural networks, and sugg ...more
Andre Ray
Dec 19, 2011 Andre Ray rated it it was amazing
I loved the book but it kinda depressing to think of humans a bio-chemical process though. it amamzing though how the from this we get out thoughts, our stories and the way we think about the future. I read many books on the topic by other authors this one helped put my last therioes class in context, and it expaned in my mind anyway the need for the humanities ans creativity in genral. I would say the biggest problem that bring people into psychotherapy is a lack of creativity to do something w ...more
Jun 19, 2016 Abhishek rated it really liked it
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A remarkable collection of case studies, perspectives, new knowledge, discoveries, and associated implications in the field of neuroscience and their connection to the individual self, whether in therapy or in introspection. Different readers would relate to different parts of the book as they find pieces of their own life and memories connect to those described. Although the book is directed at practicing psychotherapists, with the objective to influence integration of advances in the field of ...more
J. Erickson
Dec 21, 2013 J. Erickson rated it it was amazing
Similar to Dr. Sapolsky's work (Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers), this book is excellent in that it makes understanding the brain, how it works and how it relates to thoughts, feelings and behaviors in regards to development and abnormal psychology, all easy for graduate level students to thoroughly understand. I've been using this book and Conzolino's other book (The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment And the Developing Social Brain) for years now and find it's work, research and appli ...more
Dec 27, 2010 Cameron rated it really liked it
Cozolino takes a complex topic, neuroscience, and applies it to the area of psychotherapy. He brings the reader up to speed and then is able to stretch it a little beyond a common knowledge level. If you are at all interested in how psychotherapy changes the brain, then this is a book that can answer those questions for you. Be prepared for a lot of neuroscience terminology, yet you will see the practical side of it and gain a greater appreciation for what neuroscience has to offer.
Mar 06, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
Cozolino summarizes the neuroscience of the past few decades as it relates to psychotherapy and mental health in general. The result is a very readable and exceptionally helpful volume that makes an enormous amount of sense. We are approaching a time when all the psychotherapies and healing arts will begin to be able to speak in a common language. The language of the brain.
John Williams
Jan 23, 2008 John Williams is currently reading it
I just got this from amazon recently, so I am only part way into it. It is from 2002, so it is not the most up-to-date information, but it is a fascinating topic. Covers basic neuroscience for the non-scientist, the neuroscience of psychotherapy, and the neuroscience of a number of mental disorders.
Jul 01, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
I am not qualified to review or recommend this book. But I will say, as a totally unqualified person, that I found it to be a very approachable intro to neuroscience. It's also totally fascinating.
Sep 07, 2007 Chels rated it really liked it
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This is the best read! It delves into the science behind psychotherapy and emotions. It is a must read for any mental health professional.
William Medendorp
Jul 02, 2013 William Medendorp rated it really liked it
Amazing look at the human brain and its social components
Feb 19, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book that I have ever read.
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