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Psychosis and Emotion

The role of emotions in understanding psychosis, therapy and recovery, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrew I. Gumley, Alf Gillham, Kathy Taylor, Matthias Schwannauer


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There is increasing recognition that emotional distress plays a significant part in the onset of psychosis, the experience of psychosis itself and in the unfolding of recovery that follows. This book brings together leading international experts to explore the role of emotion and emotion regulation in the development and recovery from psychosis.

Psychosis and Emotion offers extensive clinical material and cutting-edge research with a focus on:

the diverse theoretical perspectives on the importance of emotion in psychosis

the interpersonal, systemic and organisational context of recovery from psychosis and the implications for emotional distress

the implications of specific perspectives for promoting recovery from psychosis

With thorough coverage of contemporary thinking, including psychoanalytic, cognitive, developmental, evolutionary and neurobiological, this book will be a valuable resource to clinicians and psychological therapists working in the field.

Table of Contents

Gumley, Gillham, Taylor, Schwannauer, Psychosis and Emotion: The Role of Emotions in Understanding Psychosis, Therapy and Recovery. Moskowitz, Heim, Affect, Dissociation, Psychosis: Essential Components of the Historical Concept of Schizophrenia. Garfield, Simon, Ramachandran. Psychosis and the Human Affective Environment. Dilks, Linking Dialogue and Emotion in Therapy in Psychosis. Harder, Lysaker,Narrative Coherence and Recovery of Self-Experience in Integrative Psychotherapy. Schwannauer, Attachment, Mentalisation and Reflective Functioning in Psychosis. Hinshelwood,Suffering the Impact. Psychosis and the Professional Care-Giver. Campbell, Byrne, Morrison, Discrimination About Psychosis: Stigma, Emotions and Changing Emotional Attitudes About Psychosis to Improve Outcomes. Burbach, Towards a Systemic Understanding of Family Emotional Atmosphere and Outcome After Psychosis. Patterson, Attachment, Loss and Expressed Emotion – Developmental Processes in Psychosis. Robbins, Affect, Emotion and the Psychotic Mind. Gumley, Birchwood,Subordination, Submission and the Evolution of Depression After Psychosis. White, Laithwaite, Gilbert,Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia: The Role of Social Defeat.

About the Editors

Andrew Gumley is Professor of Psychological Therapy in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow.

Alf Gillham is a retired Consultant Clinical Psychologist and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow.

Kathy Taylor is a psychoanalyst working in private practice and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working in homelessness and psychosis services in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Matthias Schwannauer is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

About the Series

The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series

ISPS (The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis) has a history stretching back more than five decades, during which it has witnessed the relentless pursuit of biological explanations for psychosis. This tide has been turning in recent years and there is growing international interest in a range of psychological, social and cultural factors that have considerable explanatory traction and distinct therapeutic possibilities. Governments, professional groups, people with personal experience of psychosis and family members are increasingly exploring interventions that involve more talking and listening. Many now regard practitioners skilled in psychological therapies as an essential component of the care of people with psychosis.

A global society active in at least twenty countries, ISPS is composed of a diverse range of individuals, networks and institutional members. Key to its ethos is that individuals with personal experience of psychosis, and their families and friends, are fully involved alongside practitioners and researchers, and that all benefit from this collaboration.

ISPS’s core aim is to promote psychological and social approaches to understanding and treating psychosis. Recognising the humanitarian and therapeutic potential of these perspectives, ISPS embraces a wide spectrum of therapeutic approaches from psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, and arts therapies, to need-adapted and dialogical approaches, family and group therapies and residential therapeutic communities. A further ambition is to draw together diverse viewpoints on psychosis and to foster discussion and debate across the biomedical and social sciences, including establishing meaningful dialogue with practitioners and researchers who are more familiar with biological-based approaches. Such discussion is now increasingly supported by empirical evidence of the interaction of genes and biology with the emotional and social environment especially in the fields of trauma, attachment, social relationships and therapy.

Ways in which ISPS pursues its aims include international and national conferences, real and virtual networks, and publication of the journal Psychosis. The book series is intended to complement these activities by providing a resource for those wanting to consider aspects of psychosis in detail. It now also includes a monograph strand primarily targeted at academics. Central to both strands is the combination of rigorous, in-depth intellectual content and accessibility to a wide range of readers. We aim for the series to be a resource for mental health professionals of all disciplines, for those developing and implementing policy, for academics in the social and clinical sciences, and for people whose interest in psychosis stems from personal or family experience. We hope that the book series will help challenge excessively biological ways of conceptualising and treating psychosis through the dissemination of existing knowledge and ideas and by fostering new interdisciplinary dialogues and perspectives.

For more information about ISPS, email [email protected] or visit our website,  

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Schizophrenia
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health