The Resource Taking care : an alternative to therapy, David Smail

Taking care : an alternative to therapy, David Smail

Label
Taking care : an alternative to therapy
Title
Taking care
Title remainder
an alternative to therapy
Statement of responsibility
David Smail
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Taking Care established David Smail as an important social and political analyst whose background happened to be in clinical psychology. In this work he develops the analysis of mental illness, and psychology in general, in the contexts of society, power and interest.People's experience is embodied in the world in which they exist. Notwithstanding the claims of some, psychology cannot, in the same way that magic cannot, change the nature of that experience fundamentally. At best, psychotherapy might provide a degree of understanding about that limitation. The historical relationship between psychology and magic is examined.The socio-political and economic structures of the society in which we live have the greatest influence on mental health, as on many other matters. Therefore, the individuation of focus in psychology on personal relationships, happiness, and sexuality can significantly miss the point. We need to develop political and social structures that 'take care' of people, to enable them to have meaningful 'public' lives. In that way feelings of self-worth may be fostered, with individuals being less likely to yield to anxiety and distress. Such an environment, further, is more likely to be conducive to successful 'private' relationships.The unfettered market, allowing some to pursue their interests at the expense of others, it is suggested, is not the mechanism best suited to promote self-worth and minimise anxiety and distress. A wide range of social, political and philosophical commentators are drawn upon, making this a work of scholarship, as well as of contemporary analysis
Cataloging source
IDEBK
Dewey number
616.9
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC466.8-467.97
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Taking care : an alternative to therapy, David Smail
Publication
Copyright
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
COVER -- Contents -- New Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Dreaming and Wishing: The Individual and Society -- 2. The Pursuit of Happiness -- 3. Magic, Interest and Psychology -- 4. Faults and Reasons -- 5. Change: The Limits of Therapy -- 6. 'Relationships' -- 7. Growing Up and Taking Care -- 8. Morality and Moralism -- Index
Control code
ocn918998726
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (178)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781782413936
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
822555
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b33528597
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)918998726
  • pebcs1782413936

Library Locations

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