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Looming Vulnerability

Theory, Research and Practice in Anxiety

  • John H. Riskind
  • Neil A. Rector

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. John H. Riskind, Neil A. Rector
    Pages 1-14
  3. John H. Riskind, Neil A. Rector
    Pages 31-41
  4. John H. Riskind, Neil A. Rector
    Pages 43-56
  5. John H. Riskind, Neil A. Rector
    Pages 57-72
  6. John H. Riskind, Neil A. Rector
    Pages 97-117
  7. Stephanie E. Cassin, Neil A. Rector, John H. Riskind
    Pages 149-170
  8. Stephanie E. Cassin, Neil A. Rector, John H. Riskind
    Pages 171-192
  9. Stephanie E. Cassin, Neil A. Rector, John H. Riskind
    Pages 193-216
  10. John H. Riskind, Neil A. Rector
    Pages 255-265
  11. John H. Riskind, Neil A. Rector
    Pages 267-281
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 283-289

About this book

Introduction

This stimulating resource presents the Looming Vulnerability Model, a nuanced take on the cognitive-behavioral conceptualization of anxiety, worry, and other responses to real or imagined threat. The core feature of the model—the perception of growing, rapidly approaching threat—is traced to humans’ evolutionary past, and this dysfunctional perception is described as it affects cognitive processing, executive functioning, emotions, physiology, and behavior. The LVM framework allows for more subtle understanding of mechanisms of and risk factors for the range of anxiety disorders as well as for more elusive subclinical forms of anxiety, worry, and fear. In addition, the authors ably demonstrate how the LVM can inform and refine cognitive-behavioral and other approaches to conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of these often disabling conditions.This important volume:

 

·         Introduces the Looming Vulnerability Model in its evolutionary, developmental, cognitive, and ecological contexts.

·         Unites diverse theoretical strands regarding anxiety, fear, and worry including work on wildlife behavior, experimental cognition and perception, neuroimaging, and emotion.

·         Defines the looming cognitive style as a core aspect of vulnerability.

·         Describes the measurement of the looming cognitive style, Looming Maladaptive Style Questionnaire, and measures of looming vulnerability for specific disorders.

·         Details diverse clinical applications of the LVM across the anxiety disorders. 

Spotlighting phenomena particularly relevant to current times, Looming Vulnerability, brings a wealth of important new ideas to researchers studying anxiety disorders and practitioners seeking more avenues for treating anxiety in their patients.  

 

 

Keywords

Beck's model anxiety cognitive therapy evolutionary psychology looming loss panic disorder social phobia vulnerability

Authors and affiliations

  • John H. Riskind
    • 1
  • Neil A. Rector
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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