Theoretical Foundations of Behavior Therapy

  • Hans J. Eysenck
  • Irene Martin

Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. H. J. Eysenck
      Pages 3-35
    3. Angela Schorr
      Pages 37-54
  3. Conditioning Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Anthony Dickinson
      Pages 57-79
    3. Susan Mineka
      Pages 81-111
    4. A. B. Levey, Irene Martin
      Pages 113-131
    5. Irene Martin, A. B. Levey
      Pages 133-151
  4. Cognitive Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Michael W. Eysenck, Andrew Mathews
      Pages 197-216
    3. Andrew Mathews, Michael W. Eysenck
      Pages 217-234
    4. M. J. Power
      Pages 235-255
    5. J. M. G. Williams
      Pages 257-275
    6. Chris R. Brewin
      Pages 277-293
    7. Leslie S. Greenberg, Jeremy Safran
      Pages 295-311
  5. Description and the Organization of Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. Kieron P. O’Connor
      Pages 353-376
  6. Biological Bases of Personality and Behavior

  7. Conclusion

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 465-473

About this book


In this book we have attempted to confront a number of issues that are intimately related to the theoretical basis of behavior therapy. We believe that behavior therapy is an extremely efficient procedure for the treatment of neurotic disorders; that it is based on certain principles derived from learning theory; and that it is unique in using basic scientific principles in psychology in the service of applied and practical ends. We believe that we are here dealing with much more than the advantageous use of serendipitous borrowings from nonexistent principles, the cookbook collection of precepts, methods, and working rules that happen to have lasting effects. We also believe that there is truly a general principle unde. rlying behavior therapy, rather than a varied mass of nonintegrated therapies that have little in common other than a name. These beliefs are often contes ted, but usually those who oppose them do so on the basis of misconceptions and misunderstandings that indicate a lack of knowledge of fundamental facts. It is the purpose of this book to remove these misconceptions and misunderstandings, and to bring up to date our knowledge in certain fundamental areas of learning theory, behavior therapy, and the biological foundations of per­ sonality and individual differences. There are three major groups of misconceptions and misunderstandings. The first of these relates to beliefs held by many psychiatrists and cognitive psychologists relating to behavior therapy.


Depression Emotion Evaluation Motivation attention cognitive theory learning theory operant conditioning psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans J. Eysenck
    • 1
  • Irene Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PsychiatryLondonEngland

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