How the brain's architecture is related to the problems, passions, and aspirations of human beings.
In contrast to this view, recent theoretical advances in brain imaging have revealed that the brain is an organ continually built and re-built by one's experience. We are now beginning to learn that many forms of psychotherapy, developed in the absence of any scientific understanding of the brain, are supported by neuroscientific findings. In fact, it could be argued that to be an effective psychotherapist these days it is essential to have some basic understanding of neuroscience. Louis Cozolino's The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy is the perfect place to start.
In a beautifully written and accessible synthesis, Cozolino illustrates how the brain's architecture is related to the problems, passions, and aspirations of human beings. As the book so elegantly argues, all forms of psychotherapy--from psychoanalysis to behavioral interventions--are successful to the extent to which they enhance change in relevant neural circuits.
Beginning with an overview of the intersecting fields of neuroscience and psychotherapy, this book delves into the brain's inner workings, from basic neuronal building blocks to complex systems of memory, language, and the organization of experience. It continues by explaining the development and organization of the healthy brain and the unhealthy brain. Common problems such as anxiety, trauma, and codependency are discussed from a scientific and clinical perspective. Throughout the book, the science behind the brain's working is applied to day-to-day experience and clinical practice.
Written for psychotherapists and others interested in the relationship between brain and behavior, this book encourages us to consider the brain when attempting to understand human development, mental illness, and psychological health. Fully and thoroughly updated with the many neuroscientific developments that have happened in the eight years since the publication of the first edition, this revision to the bestselling book belongs on the shelf of all practitioners.
“This is a significant updating of Cozolino's previous volume, containing many new neuroscientific studies, and even more clinically focused. This rich text is highly recommended to clinicians, scientists, and policy makers alike.” — Allan N. Schore, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
“In his revised edition, Cozolino artfully traverses the gap between clinical practice and the emerging literature in neuroscience. By cleverly juxtaposing clinical examples with brain research, he demystifies psychiatric disorders and places them within an easy-to-understand neuroscience framework. Readers will come away knowing just how and why psychotherapeutic processes have a positive impact on the nervous system.” — Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Director, Brain-Body Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago
“A master clinician, outstanding teacher, and avid interpreter of a burgeoning literature, Dr. Cozolino is a welcome guide to this fascinating intersection of talk therapy, developmental psychology, anatomy, and neuroplasticity. In a reprise of his outstanding first edition, Dr. Cozolino brings readers up to date with this essential revision. Ten years of updates and a great deal of polishing will more than reward the returning reader or curious newcomer.” — John D. Wynn, MD, Medical Director, Division of PsychoOncology, Swedish Cancer Institute, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine
Neuroscience and Psychotherapy: An Overview
1. The Entangled Histories of Neurology and Psychology
2. Building and Rebuilding the Human Brain
3. Neural Integration in Different Modes of Therapy
How the Brain Works: The Legacy of Evolution
4. The Human Nervous System
5. Multiple Memory Systems
6. Laterality: One Brain or Two?
The Organization of Experience and the Healthy Brain
7. The Executive Brain
8. Consciousness and Reality
9. Neural Network Integration
The Social Brain
10. The Social Brain
11. Building the Social Brain: Shaping Attachment Schema
12. The Neurobiology of Attachment
The Disorganization of Experience
13. The Anxious and Fearful Brain
14. Trauma and Neural Network Integration
15. The Self in Exile: Narcissism and Pathological Caretaking
The Reorganization of Experience
16. The Evolutionary Necessity of Psychotherapy
17. Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
18. The Psychotherapist as Neuroscientist
About the Author:
Louis Cozolino, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University and a clinical psychologist in private
practice. He is the author of The Making of a Therapist, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, and The Healthy