Stuck in a moment, Concreteness and psychotherapy after acquired brain injury.

Salas, C.E., Vaughan, F., Shanker, S. and Turnbull, O.H., 2013. Stuck in a moment, Concreteness and psychotherapy after acquired brain injury. Journal of Neuro-disability & Psychotherapy, 1 (1), 1 - 38.

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Abstract

This paper surveys the issue of concrete thinking after brain injury—a phenomenon that is widely recognised clinically, but under-investigated in formal research settings. Through the lens of the classical work of Kurt Goldstein the paper outlines the diverse clinical manifestations of concreteness, and the barriers which this might present to the psychotherapeutic process. However, the paper also outlines the way in which preserved psychological functions in highly concrete patients, specially the capacity to focus on immediate reality, and experience emotions in present time, can be used as a lever for psychotherapeutic interventions. The paper concludes with a range of practical suggestions which may aid the psychotherapist in reaching out to this challenging patient group.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2052-1790
Uncontrolled Keywords:Kurt Goldstein; abstraction; brain injury; concrete thinking; psychotherapy
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:29525
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:25 Jul 2017 11:23
Last Modified:25 Jul 2017 11:23

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