Emotions, rather than simply being the result of random or
disordered biochemical processes, are adaptive mechanisms that are
often overly relied upon as a function of basic learning processes.
The Quest to Feel Good helps the reader understand that negative
emotions serve a critical adaptive purpose that functions in
relation to one's ultimate desire for a felt-positive state. Paul
Rasmussen addresses the role of emotions as adaptive components, in
combination with cognitive and behavioral processes, to our overall
orchestration of life. To this end, the therapist is directed to
use a client's negative affect as a means of guiding critical
therapeutic conclusions and decisions. Rasmussen emphasizes an
integration of the basic premises of Adlerian psychology with the
evolutionary-imperative model presented by Theodore Millon (1990,
1999). This integration is used to explain the primacy of emotions
in the manifestation of most clinical conditions. This critical
integration and focus makes the volume important, necessary, and
unique to mental health professionals. Case examples and
illustrations are also offered throughout the text.
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