1st Edition

Therapy or Coercion Does Psychoanalysis Differ from Brainwashing?

By R.D. Hinshelwood Copyright 1997
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book focuses on the professional ethics of medicine and psychiatry, to know whether psychoanalysis differs from brainwashing. It addresses a divergence—a choice between repression and splitting, and examines how the findings concerning a divided mind relate to philosophical issues.

    Preface -- Introduction -- The Unity of the Person -- Freedom or force -- Medical ethics -- Rationality and irrationality -- The divided mind -- Psychoanalytic evidence -- Primitive phenomena in psychoanalysis -- The primitive phenomena in everyday life -- The Problems of Autonomy -- Resolving conflicts: repression and splitting -- Splitting and informed consent -- Psychoanalytic paternalism -- Integration -- Self-reflection -- The Ethics of Influencing -- Professional practices -- The verdict on psychoanalysis -- Professions and power -- Persons and Society -- Identities -- Objects and ownership -- Freedom and coherence -- Coercion: induced splitting -- Social health


    .D. Hinshelwood is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and currently holds the post of Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and previously was Clinical Director of the Cassel Hospital in Richmond. He is a past Chair of the Association of Therapeutic Communities. Professor Hinshelwood has written extensively on psychoanalysis and founded the 'International Journal of Therapeutic Communities' (now 'Therapeutic Communities') in 1980 and the 'British Journal of Psychotherapy' in 1984.