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Emotional Disorders and Metacognition: Innovative Cognitive Therapy

Emotional Disorders and Metacognition: Innovative Cognitive Therapy

Adrian Wells

ISBN: 978-0-471-49168-2

Nov 2000

252 pages

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The clinical experience of cognitive therapies is adding to the understanding of emotional disorders. Based on clinical experience and evidence, this groundbreaking book represents a development of cognitive therapy through the concept of metacognition. It provides guidelines for innovative treatments of emotional disorders and goes on to offer conceptual arguments for the future development of cognitive therapy. Offers a new concept in cognitive therapy and guidelines for innovative treatment. Clinically grounded, based on a thorough understanding of cognitive therapies in practice. Written by a recognized authority and established author.
List of Figures.

List of Tables.

About the Author.




Setting the Stage: Metacognition and Cognitive Therapy.

The Self-Regulatory Executive Function (S-REF) Model.

Metacognition and Emotional Disorder: Evidence for the S-REF Model.

Emotional Processing, the S-REF and Trauma Therapy.

S-REF, Schema Theory and Interactive Cognitive Subsystems (ICS).


Metacognitive Focused Therapy: Basic Constructs.

Clinical Assessment of Metacognitions.

Modifying Beliefs.

New Pathways for Cognitive Restructuring: Attention Modifications (ATT and SAR).

Treating Pathological Worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Concluding Remarks.

Appendix I: Metacognitions Questionnaire (MCQ).

Appendix II: Scoring Key for the MCQ.

Appendix III: Anxious Thoughts Inventory (AnTI).

Appendix IV: Scoring Key for the AnTI.

Appendix V: Thought Control Questionnaire.

Appendix VI: Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale (GADS).


Author Index.

Subject Index.
"Helps to develop an understanding of the internal rules and processes that guide thinking, and the factors that lead individuals to become trapped in cycles of negative and distorted thought." (SciTech Book News Vol. 25, No. 2 June 2001)

"...I think that all practioners and researchers in cognitive therapy will have something to gain from it... (Psychological Medicine, Vol.32 2002) 

"...Hats off to Dr Wells!..." (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Vol.31, No.3, 20002)

"…I learned a lot by reading this book. I am sure that the book has a great deal to offer therapists…" (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Vol.31, No.4, 2002)

"…I strongly encourage you to read or dip into sections of this book…a researcher’s and clinicians delight…" (British Journal of Clinical Psychology, March 2003)