Masters of the Mind: Exploring the Story of Mental Illness from Ancient Times to the New Millennium

Masters of the Mind: Exploring the Story of Mental Illness from Ancient Times to the New Millennium

Theodore Millon

Language: English

Pages: 672


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The compelling story of the quest to understand the human mind - and its diseases

This engaging presentation of our evolving understanding of the human mind and the meaning of mental illness asks the questions that have fascinated philosophers, researchers, clinicians, and ordinary persons for millennia: What causes human behavior? What processes underlie personal functioning and psychopathology, and what methods work best to alleviate disorders of the mind? Written by Theodore Millon, a leading researcher in personality theory and psychopathology, it features dozens of illuminating profiles of famous clinicians and philosophers.

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each of these three solutions: Moving toward was found in a "compliant" type; moving against, in an "aggressive" type; and moving away, in a "detached" type. In 1950, Horney reconceptualized her typology in line with the manner in which individuals solve intrapsychic conflicts. Corresponding roughly to the prior trichotomies, she termed these solutions "self-effacement," "expansive," and "neurotic resignation." Although these sets of three do not match perfectly, they correspond to the essential

according to Spencer, initial differences in this progression would balance and even it out. The State would wither away, and what would emerge would he a rational, liberal society that would demonstrate consensus in its directions. Its objectives would effectively eliminate all forms of prejudice. In his later years, Spencer declared that the time was ripe for the expansion of individuality, and that the laissez-faire principle of individual liberty was imperative. Only in such circumstances

as a guru of the 1960s' counterculture, while his contributions to psychology and human communication in the 1940s and 1950s are often overlooked. During his tenure as a young professor at the University of California, Berkeley and as Director of Psychological Research at the Kaiser Permanente Foundation, he noted the relative ineffectiveness of many psychotherapies and proposed character typologies based on communication styles between people. He further advocated for a new paradigm of the

responded to the patient in the past. These habitual transaction cycles that are activated by the patient's behaviors and communications characteristically intensify and aggravate the patient's problematic relationships. Lorna Smith Benjamin (1934) carried on the interpersonal tradition, yet has kept it a dynamic therapeutic discipline. As is characteristic of innovative thinkers, Benjamin (1974, 1993) recognized the interplay of cognitive, affective, and intrapsychic dimensions in the

emphasize progress through systematic observation and to use mathematical techniques to describe these observations. Not only did he revive an interest in the authors of Greece, especially mathematicians such as Euclid, but he stressed, as did Aristotle, that empirical demonstrations based on careful observation would have a greater impact in advancing scientific thinking than would rational arguments. To him, agreement among observers, assisted by mathematical logic and procedures, was to he the

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