Conditioned Reflex Therapy

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Conditioned Reflex Therapy by Andrew Salter is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late October.

Originally developed in 1949, now in its 4th edition, Salter disputes the age and effectivity of psychoanalysis by reviewing other studies with conditioned response and offering his own theories on learned behaviors, free will, evolutionary psych through case studies of people with fears or unwanted characteristics (feelings of laziness, addiction, reticence, inhibition, PTSD from war combat) who are able to address what’s going on with them and retrain their brain to offset harmful self-comforting habits.
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This is a landmark book in the history of therapy, particularly CBT. I am glad that it is back in print after the publisher's offices were destroy in Hurricane Katrina.

The book is written in an approachable style that non-experts can follow. Most of the chapters are unchanged from earlier editions, although the author's son notes in the forward that the chapters debunking Freud have been condensed down to one, and the chapter about treating homosexuality has been removed. Even without that content, the book is still quite complex, and will give readers much to absorb.

Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC.
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I found this book very helpful, great for a beginner, full of practical advice and guidance, it uses plain English, doesn’t bombard the reader with too much complexity or confuse them. This is as relevant today and useful as when first published 

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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