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The Significance of High Value in Human Behaviour

Speech of the Suffering Soul, 1st Edition

By Chris Steed


200 pages

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The Significance of High Value in Human Behaviour is an innovative conceptualisation of how the quest for a high self-worth works as a psychosocial dynamic, presenting the idea that feelings of impotence and low self-esteem induce a powerful impetus on negative human action. This book gives an account of what it means to base a whole psychological perspective on high value, which has been an understudied aspect of human action.

Employing an ethnographical approach, the book uses client observations and social research to promote original solutions in an empathetic and engaging manner for psychological support services aiding isolated individuals. It considers the concept of a valuable self and examines the negative effects within the personality which can be generated when this drive for a valuable self is blocked through human devaluation or violence.

The Significance of High Value in Human Behaviour will appeal to academics and post-graduate students in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy, psychotherapists with specialist interests in loneliness and self-worth, and sociologists concerned with the psychology of the self.

Table of Contents

Setting the scene – the psychopathology of everyday life

Part 1: Arenas of anxiety

Chapter 1: Companion

Chapter 2: Comparison: "go compare": social media and social toxins

Chapter 3: Competition: tales of humiliation

Chapter 4: Compensation: violence, transfer and scapegoats

Part 2: Notes on a theory of value

Chapter 5: A discourse on method and the dog that didn’t bark

Chapter 6: Re-setting the personality drivers

Chapter 7: Markers of devaluation: difference and Indifference

Chapter 8: Dignity, indignity and the anger of a valuable self

Chapter 9: The relational turn: self-esteem and self-actualisation

Chapter 10: Like a sailboat in the harbour: collision and collusion

Chapter 1: Through the life course

Part 3: A positive psychology

Chapter 12: Transformative change and positive places

Postscript: what is it that Protests?

About the Author

Chris Steed is a trained counsellor and Anglican priest who combines the experience of counselling psychotherapist practice and post-doctoral research where he developed the distinctive approach in this book. He is a member of the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling and the American Psychological Association, and is the author of Smart Leadership – Wise Leadership: Environments of Value in an Emerging Future (2017) and We Count, We Matter: Voice, Choice and the Death of Distance (2018).

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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health