The Political Self
Understanding the Social Context for Mental Illness
This book explores how our social and economic contexts profoundly affect our mental health and wellbeing, and how modern neuroscientific and psychodynamic research can both contribute to and enrich our understanding of these wider discussions. It therefore looks both inside and outside - indeed one of the main themes of The Political Self is that the conceptually discrete categories of 'inner' and 'outer' in reality constantly interact, shape, and inform each other. Severing these two worlds, it suggests, has led both to a devitalised and dissociated form of politics, and to a disengaged and disempowering form of therapy and analysis.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- INTRODUCTION -- Insight -- Understanding the social context of individual distress -- Power in the therapeutic relationship -- Therapy in late capitalism -- The selfish society: the current state of things -- Divided brain, divided world -- Outsight -- Born to run: wounded leaders and boarding school survivors -- On Killing: the psychological cost of learning to kill in war and society -- A tangled web: internet pornography, sexual addiction, and the erosion of attachment -- The corporation as a pathological institution -- We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy—And the World's Getting Worse -- APPENDIX Additional resources