John T. Lysaker

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Many emerging views of outcome from schizophrenia emphasize that persons must recover a sense of their own identity, agency, and personal worth. While this is intuitively appealing and consistent with a wide range of literature, it raises the issue of how best to facilitate this. In this article we explore how integrative psychotherapy might address issues(More)
Contemporary researchers have tended to examine dysfunction among the lives of persons with schizophrenia as a matter of the impact of biological and social forces. While this has greatly advanced the knowledge base, any account of schizophrenia without a full consideration of the illness's first-person dimensions risks missing that schizophrenia is a(More)
Assertions that changes or transformations in narratives contribute significantly to recovery from schizophrenia persist as a cornerstone of some psychotherapies. Yet when narrative transformation occurs in schizophrenia, what is there about the client's story that tangibly changes, and how might that be measured? To address this issue, we review literature(More)
It is widely known that people with schizophrenia have difficulty telling a coherent story of their lives and that this is linked to impoverished function. But what specifically has gone wrong in the narratives in schizophrenia? Is it the case that some elements of narrative remain intact in schizophrenia while others are uniquely affected? To address these(More)
Researchers and theoreticians across widely varying disciplines have increasingly stressed how sense of self is inherently 'dialogical', or the product of ongoing dialogue both within the individual and between the individual and others. This perspective emphasizes that self-awareness is not an awareness of an isolated or seamless viewpoint, but a(More)
While research has steadily begun to explore thoughts and beliefs linked with helplessness and despair in schizophrenia, it is less clearly understood how to account phenomenologically for the related experience of being unable to commit to action in the midst of grave discomfort. To explore this issue, the current paper presents an analysis of the(More)
Since the term schizophrenia was coined, the disorder has been linked to experiences of self-diminishment. This link calls for theoretical work that helps us understand experiences of diminishment wherein persons find themselves less than they once were but nevertheless able to recognize and describe their diminishment. In response this paper describes how(More)
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