Physiology and Behavior Therapy

Conceptual Guidelines for the Clinician

  • James G. HollandsworthJr.

Part of the The Plenum Series in Behavioral Psychophysiology book series (SSBP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Preliminary Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
      Pages 3-15
    3. James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
      Pages 17-40
    4. James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
      Pages 41-60
  3. Basic Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
      Pages 63-77
    3. James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
      Pages 79-104
    4. James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
      Pages 105-124
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      Pages 125-142
  4. Clinical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
      Pages 145-160
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      Pages 161-174
    4. James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
      Pages 175-192
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 193-240

About this book


Despite the widespread use of psychophysiological concepts and meth­ ods in behavior therapy, there is no text devoted specifically to the subject. The publication of this book is necessary and timely, and should promote a better appreciation of the physiological roots of behavior therapy. The important connections between physiology and behavior thera­ py receive insufficient recognition nowadays, despite the fact that his­ torically one of the two main streams of behavior therapy grew out of a physiological basis. Wolpe's early work was closely connected to phys­ iology, and in contemporary behavior therapy, Lang's critical contribu­ tion is firmly based in psychophysiology. The physiological component is prominent in Lang's highly productive three-systems analysis of emo­ tion and in its application to psychological disorders. In addition, there are philosophical reasons for maintaining the close connection between behavior therapy and physiology. The existence of these connections, and their justification, can raise few objections, and it is therefore curious that a book on this significant subject has not appeared earlier. The importance of physiology for behavior therapy can be illus­ trated by considering the nature of a behavior therapy deprived of its physiological connections. It would survive, certainly, but as a rather scrawny, uninteresting orphan among many clamorous competitors.


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Authors and affiliations

  • James G. HollandsworthJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-7025-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-7023-9
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