Richard Driscoll


Richard Driscoll, PhD, is the principle author of the "ever popular" Romeo and Juliet effect research (a Google search yields 40 thousand citations).
Driscoll has produced several innovative anxiety reduction training CDs, including "Shield Out Negativity," "Confidence Training for Tests," and "Blast Past Road Page."
He published "You Still Don't Understand," with Nancy Ann Davis, Ph.D., who is also his wife. The authors carefully identify camouflaged illusions between men and women, explore their origins, and to suggest ways to bridge our differences. Close observation shows how human nature is somewhat chivalrous, protecting women while holding men accountable, although most of us believe it is the other way around.
The authors are interested in stabilizing relationships and including fathers in families. The authors suggest ways to see through the fiction and focus on the realities.

Smashwords Interview

In lieu of an interview, I present a review of the 1st edition by Gerard Eagan
I find a couple of advantages in doing a book review. If I have already read the book, the review offers a chance for further reflection and is relatively easy to do. If I have not read the book, it gives me an incentive to read something I wanted to read anyway. Driscoll's book fell in the second category. It stood on my shelf unread.

Book reviews can be dangerous. They constitute one person's assessment, and who knows the biases, prejudices, filters or underground axes he or she might bring to the task? Since I write in the fields of counseling and psychotherapy, my biases are published, but they do influence this task. That said, le me confess that I am very glad that I read [the 1st edition} and that I can recommend it enthusiastically to my colleagues. It corroborated, complemented, and challenged many of the things I write about and practice both in training helpers and delivering services to clients. Driscoll's writing is spare, concrete, and clear.

First of all, there is so much common sense in this book that it borders on wisdom. For instance, there is a refreshing look at client self-responsibility that tempers an unwarranted "the client can do it all" attitude. The section of shared responsibility in chapter 5 is stimulating. A related theme deals with the confirmation /accreditation of clients. This means helping clients see that their actions make sense even when these actions need to be transcended. It is a way of emphasizing the strength of clients instead of their weaknesses. The two chapters on dealing with client self-criticism I think worth the entire book. They incorporate rational-emotive insights but move far beyond them. The section on how to avoid causing resistance in clients, and how to deal with it when it does arise, are clear and certainly pragmatic. He explicitly identifies helping as a social influence process (language as social influence), and offers a range of strategies for helping therapists influence clients, especially in terms of identifying and dealing with blind spots, without robbing clients of responsibility. I enjoy the way he gently challenges the tenants of certain school approaches to therapy, for instance, in what I see as a realistic position on the place of the analysis of the past in therapy.

I find Driscoll's analysis-of-human-behavior framework, what he calls later in the book a "scheme for behavioral explanation" (p.252), spare and useful. It focuses on the purposes of action (wanting), the thought processes accompanying action (knowing), the scale and resources needed to act (knowing how), and the action itself (acting), and what the action accomplishes (effect). This common-language framework for analyzing the behavior of clients and for helping clients realize what they're doing can be used by therapists from a wide variety of orientations.
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Where to find Richard Driscoll online


Guidelines for Psychotherapy in Ordinary Language: An Integrative Approach
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 65,250. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014. Category: Essay » Sociology
The foundation in ordinary language and common sense builds upon our existing competencies, and is used to integrate theoretical formulations. The guidelines specify the tasks of therapy, and integrate the various techniques by which the objectives might be accomplished. Psychotherapy, like other activities, is a sequence of intentional actions meant to accomplish specifiable objectives.
Masquerades: Finding Love Amid the Myths and Fantasies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,500. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Conflict resolution
In earlier times, masquerades were sensual, festive gatherings in which participants wore masks and costumes to conceal their normal identities, and so freed themselves to be whoever they wished. We look here at something similar, in which egos, expectations, and nature herself combine to fashion myths and shared fantasies of who and what we are, which are at odds with our real selves.

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