Mentalization--the effort to make sense of our own and others' actions, behavior, and internal states--is something we all do. And it is a capacity that all psychotherapies aim to improve: the better we are at mentalizing, the more resilient and flexible we tend to be. This concise, engaging book offers a brief overview of mentalization in psychotherapy, focusing on how to help patients understand and reflect on their emotional experiences. Elliot Jurist integrates cognitive science research and psychoanalytic theory to break down "mentalized affectivity" into discrete processes that therapists can cultivate in session. The book interweaves clinical vignettes with discussions of memoirs by comedian Sarah Silverman, poet Tracy Smith, filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, and neurologist Oliver Sacks. A reproducible assessment instrument (the Mentalized Affectivity Scale) can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
About the Author
Elliot Jurist, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, where he served as Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program from 2004 to 2013. His research focuses on mentalization and the role of emotions in psychotherapy. Dr. Jurist is the coauthor of Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of the Self and coeditor of Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis. He is also the editor of the Guilford book series Psychoanalysis and Psychological Science and the editor of Psychoanalytic Psychology, the journal of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. He is a recipient of the Scholarship Award from Division 39, among other honors.
Table of Contents
Introduction I. Identifying, Modulating, and Expressing Emotions 1. Identifying Emotions 2. Modulating Emotions 3. Expressing Emotions Coda II. Mentalized Affectivity 4. Mentalizing Emotions 5. Cultivating Mentalized Affectivity 6. Mentalized Affectivity, Therapeutic Action, and the Communication Paradigm 7. Mentalized Affectivity and Contemporary Psychoanalysis Conclusion Appendix. Mentalized Affectivity Scale
Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, and mental health counselors. May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.