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Philosophy of Mind and Clinical Psychology – Syllabus

January 4th, 2010 by David Kronemyer · No Comments ·

Course Outline This class is about an academic discipline called philosophy of mind and its relationships to and implications for clinical psychology.  “Philosophy of Mind” studies mental phenomena such as the nature of mental events, awareness, consciousness (especially “self-consciousness”), understanding, intelligence, rationality, and even the nature of the “self”.  It seems as though it should […]

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Review of Yalom, Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

December 10th, 2009 by David Kronemyer · 2 Comments ·

As a preeminent theorist of group psychotherapy, Yalom must be taken seriously. This ponderous tome rightly is regarded as one of the essential treatises in the field. It shares this distinction with Yalom’s other seminal work on existential psychotherapy (though at first glance it is difficult to discern a connection between his interests in these […]

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Review of “Messages – The Communication Skills Book” by Matthew McKay and Martha Davis

October 24th, 2009 by David Kronemyer · No Comments ·

The premise of this book is that communication skills are not intrinsic or innate. Rather they can be developed with conscientious effort and practice. Doing so will improve one’s ability to speak and listen to others. The combination of these two elements in turn will improve one’s personal effectiveness as well as the caliber and […]

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Personality Theories Explained – Part I

October 21st, 2009 by David Kronemyer · No Comments ·

Theories of Personality Criteria for a good theory include: (1) an empirical basis, that is, it is verifiable and falsifiable; (2) it results in testable hypotheses; and (3) it creates the possibility for client change. Theories are informed by perspective and experience. There are judgments and values built into any theory. Some of these are […]

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What is “Transference”?

October 6th, 2009 by David Kronemyer · No Comments ·

As classically defined by Sigmund Freud it is a form of projection. The client redirects her feelings about some significant person in her past, from that person, onto the therapist. Thus for example if the client feels anger towards one of her parents, the client pretends the therapist is that parent, then starts getting angry […]

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Alfred Adler’s Concept of “Social Interest”

October 3rd, 2009 by David Kronemyer · 1 Comment ·

One of Adler’s key concepts is that of social interest. “Social interest” in German is “Gemeinschaftsgefuhl,” which translates as “community feeling,” as opposed to one’s private interests or concerns. One’s “style of life” is the set of construals and personal narratives one has devised in order to cope with being-in-the-world. If one has social interest […]

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Empathy

September 20th, 2009 by David Kronemyer · 1 Comment ·

One of the most important elements to establishing an effective therapeutic relationship is empathy. In order to create an environment of trust the therapist must listen to the client’s concerns. Something more however must happen, which occurs when the therapist actually cares about the client and what the client is saying, and the client becomes […]

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Thich Nhat Hanh at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium

September 20th, 2009 by David Kronemyer · 1 Comment ·

My son Andrew and I went to see Thich Nhat Hanh last night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. We attended not as devotees or practitioners of Zen, Buddhism or the discipline of mindfulness but rather as critics interested primarily in Brother Thay as a pop culture phenomenon. We also paid close attention […]

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The “Now”

September 14th, 2009 by David Kronemyer · No Comments ·

The concept of the “now” – the present moment – long has interested philosophers and psychologists. In this essay I will examine the views of four of them. Since they essentially are incompatible, juxtaposing them is an interesting thought experiment. To start off with I should say I do not intend to address time from […]

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Mind, Culture, World – Chapter 3 – We Are Uniquely Suited to Being Here and Not Anywhere Else

September 7th, 2009 by David Kronemyer · No Comments ·

Motion pictures like “Stargate” and “The Matrix” notwithstanding it would not be possible for us to exist on some other planet in some other galaxy. The reason why is we are not adapted to being anywhere other than where we are. Such an “other place” might meet all of the requirements and specifications for a […]

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