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Communication : the social matrix of psychiatry

Author: Jurgen Ruesch; Gregory Bateson; Paul Watzlawick
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The integration of psychiatry into the mainstream of American society following World War II involved rethinking and revision of psychiatric theories. While in the past, theories of personality had been concerned with the single individual, this pioneering volume argues that such theories are of little use. Instead, the individual must be seen in the context of social situations in which rapid advances in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jurgen Ruesch; Gregory Bateson; Paul Watzlawick
ISBN: 039302377X 9780393023770 0393001148 9780393001143
OCLC Number: 14587453
Description: xiv, 314 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Values, communication, and culture : an introduction --
Communication and human relations : an interdisciplinary approach --
Communication and mental illness : a psychiatric approach --
Communication and American values : a psychological approach --
American perspectives : an integrative approach --
Communication and the system of checks and balances : an anthropological approach --
Information and codification : a philosophical approach --
Conventions of communication : where validity depends on belief --
Psychiatric thinking : an epistemological approach --
The convergence of science and psychiatry --
Individual, group, and culture : a review of the theory of human communication.
Responsibility: Jurgen Ruesch and Gregory Bateson ; preface to the 1987 ed. by Paul Watzlawick.

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The integration of psychiatry into the mainstream of American society following World War II involved rethinking and revision of psychiatric theories. While in the past, theories of personality had been concerned with the single individual, this pioneering volume argues that such theories are of little use. Instead, the individual must be seen in the context of social situations in which rapid advances in communication technology have brought people closer together, changing their behavior and self-expression. Ruesch and Bateson show that following World War II mass communication and culture have become so pervasive that no individual or group can escape their influences for long. Therefore, they argue that processes of psychoanalysis must now consider the individual within the framework of a social situation. Focusing upon the larger societal systems, of which both psychiatrist and patient are an integral part, they develop concepts that encompass large-scale events as well as happenings of an individual nature. They have outlined this relationship in a unified theory of communication, which encompasses events linking individual to individual, individual to the group, and ultimately, to events of worldwide concern. The term "social matrix," then, refers to a larger scientific system, of which both the psychiatrist and the patient are integral parts.

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