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Taking Care : an Alternative to Therapy

Author: David Smail
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Smail
ISBN: 9780429480775 0429480776 9780429905544 0429905548
OCLC Number: 1029482941
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF
Contents: Chapter Introduction / David Smail --
chapter 1 Dreaming and Wishing: The Individual and Society / David Smail --
chapter 2 The Pursuit of Happiness / David Smail --
chapter 3 Magic, Interest and Psychology / David Smail --
chapter 4 Faults and Reasons / David Smail --
chapter 5 Change: The Limits of Therapy / David Smail --
chapter 6 ‘Relationships’ / David Smail --
chapter 7 Growing Up and Taking Care / David Smail --
chapter 8 Morality and Moralism / David Smail.
Responsibility: David Smail.

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"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."--Provided by publisher.

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