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Andrew Samuels
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September 9, 1993 0415081025 978-0415081023 First Edition

What can depth psychology and politics offer each other? In The Political Psyche Andrew Samuels shows how the inner journey of analysis and psychotherapy and the passionate political convictions of the outer world are linked. He brings an acute psychological perspective to bear on public themes such as the market economy, environmentalism, nationalism, and anti-semitism. But, true to his aim of setting in motion a two-way process between depth psychology and politics, he also lay bare the hidden politics of the father, the male body, and of men's issue generally. A special feature of the book is an international survey into what analysts and psychotherapists do when their patients/clients bring overtly political material into the clinical setting. The results, including what the respondents reveal about their own political attitudes, destabilize any preconceived notions about the political sensitivity of analysis and psychotherapy.

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Andrew Samuels reconstitutes the relations between mind and power. . . . This is an ambitious, honest, radical and well-informed book written in a style free of jargon and warmly dialogical.
–Peter Homans, University of Chicago

A passionate and compelling case for connecting inner and outer worlds, and for clinicians' greater political involvement--in their training, with their patients and, above all, in the outer world.
–Lynne Segal

A splendid bringing together of Jungian, post-Jungian and Freudian thought in an effort to link psychology and politics . . . a stimulating and thoroughly original book.
–Paul Roazen

A courageous book . . . richer than I can describe . . . thoughtful and illuminating . . . challenges all depth psychologists to wake up from prejudices. . . . [Samuels] carries me along with the great wisdom and merit of his goal. He wants to speak the unspoken. . . . He does that extremely well and brings us all to new awarenesses about the crucial links between politics and depth psychology in our practice and theory.
–Polly Young-Eisendrath, Harvest, Fall 1993

Celebrate the publication of The Political Psyche.
The Guardian

Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; First Edition edition (September 9, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415081025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415081023
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it so far... September 14, 2009
I have only read 70 pages so far, but this book seems like a perfect educational tool for what is going on in today's society. Political/emotional explosions in politics&culture(esp. in the U.S. right now) go much deeper than simple policy opinions, deep into the psyche and the imagery with which we identify as human beings on an individual as well as collective scale.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn. April 29, 1998
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A fascinating topic, not helped by a desultory and superficial presentation. The field is inviting: politics, perhaps one of the great venues for projection, begs psychological insight. It's obviously extraordinarily difficult to produce the kind of insight which does justice to the field. This book's problem is not its prose, which is o.k. Rather, it exemplifies the great problem that attends to such analyses: it resorts to assertion rather than data and thus becomes a long document of personal opinion. One may agree, or not, but ultimately this seems less interesting and less satisfying.
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