Neurodynamics of Personality

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What are the component parts of personality? Of what is the "self" composed? What is it about personality that can change? Why is change often so slow? This book synthesizes material from neuroscience and several other scientific disciplines into a comprehensive, empirically based, and clinically useful conceptual model for understanding human personality. Rather than adopting existing psychological theories of personality and grafting neuroscience onto them, the volume takes cognitive neuroscience and biology as its starting points. Illuminated are the ways that the organization of the brain is reflected in the organization of personality, and how the brain's nonconscious learning and memory systems mediate different aspects of personality functioning. The framework presented here serves as a context in which more purely psychological theories may be understood and evaluated, and provides a rationale for psychological and psychiatric interventions. It offers a clear way of thinking about the apparent stability of personality across time, why change does or does not occur, and what conditions are likely to facilitate or retard change. This book contains vital insights for clinicians concerned with the relationship between the mind and the brain, including psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and behavioral neurologists, as well as scholars and advanced students in these areas.

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"An engaging, highly readable introduction to some of the fundamental issues involved in applying research and thinking in the cognitive neurosciences to the clinical understanding of personality." Drew Westen, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor and Director, Adolescent and Adult Personality Programs, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Department of Psychology, Boston University

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Jim Grigsby, PhD, is a research scientist at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, and Senior Researcher at the Center for Health Sciences and Policy Research. He attended the University of Kansas and the University of Regina (formerly University of Saskatchewan), and obtained his doctorate at the University of Colorado. The primary focus of his research has been on the neuropsychological capacity to regulate purposeful behavior.

David Stevens, PhD, a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is on the faculties of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute, where he teaches classes in comparative psychoanalytic theory. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Denver doctoral program in child clinical psychology. He lives in Denver with his wife, Jan, and their children, Alex and Abbey.

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