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978-1-4985-2483-4 • Hardback • September 2016 • $111.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-4985-2485-8 • Paperback • September 2018 • $44.99 • (£35.00)
978-1-4985-2484-1 • eBook • September 2016 • $42.50 • (£33.00)
Michael T. Walker, PhD, is practicing psychologist in Los Angeles.
1. The Structure of Social Scientific Revolutions
3. The Pragmatists
4. The Postmodernists
5. The Social Construction of Reality
6. Vocabularies, Institutionalization, and Power
7. The DSM Criticized By Its Makers (Applies Equally to ICD)
8. Why this is the Wrong Metaphor to Begin With
9. The Creation of the Patient
10. Unleash This Creativity Onto the World
11. A Postmodern Narrative – the Subjectivity of Compassion
12. The New Psychology is an Art Form
13. If language is so powerful, then what we want is a powerful language – Postmodern Coaching
14. Postmodern Guerilla Tactics in Modernist Institutions
In clear and compelling terms, Walker joins a phalanx of critics who challenge the constraining and injurious practice of mental illness diagnosis. However, Walker draws from his extensive experience as a therapist and coach to explore a humanistic alternative to knee-jerk drug prescriptions. As he demonstrates, the results of artful compassion are indeed consistent with those of contemporary neuroscience. This is essential reading for therapists and the public alike.
— Kenneth J. Gergen, Swathmore College; author of An Invitation to Social Construction
This passionate and captivating book offers important clarifications and distinctions at a crucial time in the history of postmodern ideas. It is a professionally inspiring read for anyone interested in incorporating neuroscience in psychotherapy while honoring the complexity of human life experience. It will definitely be on my students' required reading list.
— Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, PhD; co-editor of Collaborative Therapies and Neurobiology: Evolving Practices in Action
Walker challenges us to break free from the taken for granted beliefs of the medical model, which have long suffered from a frozen worldview and hardened categories. He invites us to cross the threshold into a postmodern landscape, an indeterminate space where therapy is practiced as an art form, where language generates new realities and multiple possibilities, and where intersubjectivity becomes the therapist’s ‘studio’ and the ‘key to neuroplasticity’. I strongly recommend this timely book.
— Jim Duvall, editor of the Journal of Systemic Therapies; co-editor of Collaborative Therapies and Neurobiology: Evolving Practices in Action