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1st Edition

Psychotherapy and the Bored Patient

ISBN 9781138996939
Published August 26, 2016 by Routledge
174 Pages

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Book Description

The specific guidelines to the clinical management of the bored or boring patient--offered in this provocative book--will be valuable to all psychotherapists. Contributors discuss the fascinating theories and therapies of boredom--why it is both a necessity and an obstacle to a person’s development. Fresh insights into the meaning of boredom for the patient or the therapist (or both) are presented through the discussion of such topics as the type of person most prone to boredom, boredom as a launching point into other experiences, boredom as a defense against strong affects and drive derivatives, the manifestations of boredom in marital therapy clients, and much more.

Table of Contents

Contents Boredom as a Text in Waiting: A Preface

  • An Awakening and Complexity
  • Boredom: Theory and Therapy
  • The Bored and Boring Patient
  • Functions of Boredom: Treatment Implications
  • Characterological Boredom as Symptom and Tragedy
  • The Bored Patient: A Developmental/Existential Perspective
  • Treating the Bored Client With Rational-Emotive Therapy (RET)
  • Client-Therapist Boredom: What Does It Mean and What Do We Do?
  • The Use of the Therapist’s Self in the Treatment of the Bored Patient
  • The Bored Client: A Logotherapy Approach
  • Transition Boredom
  • On the Feeling of Longing With Schizophrenic Patients
  • Boredom in Marital Therapy: A Clinician’s Reflections
  • Some Lively Thoughts on Boredom
  • Holding On When You Feel Like Letting Go
  • Paralysis of the Soul: When Life Becomes Boredom

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