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The Externalization of Consciousness and the Psychopathology of Everyday Life

Deberry, Stephen T.

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ISBN 10: 0313272808 / ISBN 13: 9780313272806
Published by Greenwood Pub Group, Santa Barb, 1991
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Externalization of Consciousness and the...

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group, Santa Barb

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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Are we oblivious to the wonders of human consciousness? Stephen DeBerry suggests that we must reintegrate the concept of consciousness into mainstream psychology. He develops, from a general systems perspective, a model of consciousness which he uses to explore the effects of technology - the accelerated and pervasive television video universe - on the quality of our lives. What role has modern technology played in the shifting of human consciousness from intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions to the predominantly impersonal dimension where only the material world matters? The intent of this volume is to provoke questions and dialogue. A cross-disciplinary study of the relationship of human consciousness and cultural pathology, it is intended for anyone who critically thinks that life has more purpose than we allow it.

DeBerry's book presents a new model of human consciousness. It also takes a penetrating look at one of the most serious cultural changes of contemporary life: the relationship of consciousness and technology. The first six chapters function as building blocks that construct DeBerry's model by exploring the use of scientific paradigms to study consciousness; by offering a scientific and philosophic background; by introducing a general systems theory; and by describing concepts of perspective and focus, time and space, values and reality assumptions, and language. Chapter seven demonstrates how concept distortions have externalized consciousness. DeBerry's model is then related to issues of contemporary culture and community. Technology's contribution to distortions in consciousness is explored in chapter nine. The volume concludes with a discussion of the contemporary psychopathology of everyday life. Intended for courses in graduate psychology, this volume's interdisciplinary perspective makes it equally relevant for courses in sociology, anthropology, humanistic philosophy, human studies, and social ecology.

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STEPHEN T. DEBERRY is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also in private practice in Westchester County, New York. He has also authored several articles that have appeared in the American Journal of Psychotherapy, the Journal of Geriatric Psychology, and the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.

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