V. Edwin Bixenstine Releases Psychotherapy Book at Age 88

V. Edwin Bixenstine Releases Psychotherapy Book at Age 88

KENT, Ohio, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Culminating a 60-year career spanning clinical practice, academia and authorship, retired psychologist V. Edwin Bixenstine, 88, recently announced the release of his psychotherapy academic book intended to serve as a central guiding light for the fragmented field of psychology.

Published by Routledge, "O. H. Mowrer's Theory of Integrity Therapy Revisited" (ISBN-10: 0415721555, ISBN-13: 978-0415721554) is now available on Amazon via hardcover and Kindle formats.

Having obtained his doctorate under the mentoring of renowned psychologist Dr. O. Hobart Mowrer at the University of Illinois in 1953, Bixenstine seeks to reintroduce modern psychologists to the Mowrerian concept of Integrity Therapy based on the idea that persisting painful emotions arise not from long-past traumas, but from ongoing choices and habits which serve immediate relief or comfort but which are contrary to the sufferer's basic values and goals. These habits are protected by various strategies of denial which are self-deceptive as well as deceptive of intimate others, but only compound the quandaries facing the sufferers. Integrity therapy seeks to help individuals confront their actions, their departures from basic values, and thereby regain their personal integrity.

The book explores the conceptual underpinnings of Integrity Therapy and Mowrer's unique treatment approach, detailing his methods for setting conditions for therapy, assessing clinical data, rules of engagement for transference and countertransference, and handling client resistance. Case examples and transcripts are included to demonstrate key points of this technique. Mental health professionals interested in Mowrer's ideas or the history of psychotherapy will find this book to be a valuable and interesting resource.

"The manuscript for 'Integrity Therapy Revisited' is several decades in the making, and it's extremely gratifying to unveil the finished product," said Bixenstine, who is celebrating his 88th birthday today. "My hope is this book will be read by psychologists and students and will challenge them to question implicit assumptions that have dominated our views and practices. Mowrer's insights were iconoclastic and truly deserve to be reexamined, tried, and tested in a time when our discipline openly struggles to find a new paradigm able to enhance understanding of and service to people in emotional quandaries."