Depression: The Evolution of Powerlessness

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Psychology Press, 1992 - 561 pages
The book discusses types of depressive disorders, the effect of personality on depression, evolution theory and its application to depression. The major theories of depression are compared and controversies are highlighted.

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Contents

Controversies Old and New
3
Concepts
115
The Evolution of Social Power and its Role
147
Clues to the Evolution
154
The Internal Referee
172
Rank and the Issue of the Outsider
180
Notes on the Evolution of the Self
187
Anxiety Assertiveness Anger and Envy
223
Archetypes Biosocial Goals Mentalities and Depressive
325
Cognitive Theories of Depression
379
Behavioural Theories of Depression
413
Life Events
438
Social Support
445
The Interpersonal Approach to Depression
451
Complexities Therapies
459
References
483

Social Anxiety
235
Anger
243
The Self
250
Concluding Comments
256
Depression as Thwarted Needs
287
Author Index
529
Subject Index
543
Appendices
549
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Paul Gilbert, PhD., FBPsS, is the Milton and Gertrude Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and the Social Services at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Family Welfare Research Group. He served as a Senior Research Fellow for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva in 1975. In 1981, he was awarded a Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship to study social services in the British welfare state. In 1987, he received a second Fulbright Fellowship to study European social policy as a Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics and at the University of Stockholm Social Research Institute. He has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals, and his publications include 13 books. He is also author of over 50 articles, which have appeared in leading academic journals and such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Public Interest, and Society.

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