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Suffering and Psychology

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ISBN 9781138302259
March 23, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Suffering and Psychology challenges modern psychology's concentration on almost exclusively on eradicating pain, suffering, and their causes to examines the ideological commitments of this vision of the discipline and offer a counter-vision.

This book explores theoretical commitments and cultural ideals that deter the field of psychology from facing and dealing credibly with inescapable human limitations and frailties and with unavoidable suffering, pain, loss, heartbreak, and despair. Drawing on both secular and spiritual points of view, Frank C. Richardson seeks to recover ideals of character and compassion and to illuminate the possibility of what Jonathan Sacks terms "transforming suffering" rather than seeking mainly to eliminate, anesthetize, or defy these dark and difficult aspects of the human condition.

Suffering and Psychology will be of interest to academic and professional psychologists and philosophers.

Table of Contents


1. Stories of Suffering

2. The Denial of Suffering in Psychology

3. Disguised Ideology

4. Early Religion and the Axial Age

5. Modern Approaches

6. Toward a "New Wisdom of Limits"

7. Transforming Suffering

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Frank C. Richardson is Professor of Educational Psychology (emeritus) at the University of Texas, Austin. He is author or coeditor of several books, including Re-envisioning Psychology, Critical thinking about Psychology, and the Routledge International Handbook of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and the author many articles and chapters in theoretical psychology and the philosophy of social science. His current interests include topics in psychology and religion. He is a past president of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Division 24 of the American Psychological Association) and recipient of a Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society.