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Exeter Psychology in the Pub: Too Much of a Good Thing? Theory and Research on Over-control and Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

28 June 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to everyone. No registration is required.
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with Roelie J. Hempel

Self-control - the ability to inhibit competing urges, behaviours, or desires - is highly valued by societies, and the consequences of poor self-control are hard to ignore.
However, too much self-control can be equally problematic.

Though less eye-catching, over-control (excessive self-control) has begun to be recognized as an important factor associated with social isolation, poor interpersonal functioning, and the development of severe and difficult-to-treat mental health problems (e.g., anorexia nervosa, chronic depression, obsessive compulsive personality disorder).

Due to the high value placed on regulation of potentially destructive emotions or impulses, not surprisingly, problems associated with over-control have received little attention or have been misunderstood—making recognition difficult.

Overcontrolled individuals tend to be serious about life, set high personal standards, work hard, behave appropriately, and will frequently sacrifice personal needs in order to achieve desired goals or help others; yet inwardly they often feel ‘clueless’ about how to join with others or form intimate relationships. Thus, overcontrol works well when it comes to sitting quietly in a monastery or building a rocket; but it creates problems when it comes to social connectedness.

This event is free and open to everyone.

There is no need to book so please just turn up on the night.

St Olaves Hotel
18-22 Mary Arches Street

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This talk firstly aims to explain what maladaptive overcontrol is and how this is experienced by those with maladaptive OC and their environment.

Secondly, it will seek to explain how maladaptive OC can be treated using a new evidence-based trans-diagnostic treatment approach known as Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT).

Finally, research data will be presented to support this evidence-based treatment: the efficacy of RO-DBT has been investigated in a number of studies over the past 20 years in a range of disorders, including chronic depression, anorexia nervosa and personality disorders.

More recently, we have completed a multi-center randomized controlled trial in the UK for patients with chronic depression, called RefraMED (REFRActory depression - Mechanisms and Efficacy of Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, funded by the National Institute for Health Research: Efficacy and Mechanisms Evaluation).

The results of the RefraMED study are currently being analysed; new findings on the efficacy and mechanisms of RO-DBT will be presented during this talk.


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