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The Corruption of Reality challenges many of the ideas in all three disciplines and paves the way for an exciting, far-reaching and unified theory of conscious and unconscious behavior. Schumaker argues that, despite their apparent differences, religion, hypnosis, and psychopathology are all expressions of the unique human ability to modify and regulate reality in ways that ultimately serve the individual and society. In turn, these same behaviors can be traced to the brain's remarkable capacity to process information along multiple pathways, thus allowing the person to manipulate reality in strategic directions aimed at improved coping. He includes a historical and cross-cultural analysis showing how reality reconstruction takes place, and outlines the shortcomings of current psychotherapeutic approaches as well as the promising trends toward a spiritualization of psychotherapy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John F. Schumaker is a retired clinical psychologist, academic, author, and social critic living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. In addition to "In Search of Happiness: Understanding an Endangered State of Mind," his self-authored books are "The Age of Insanity" (Praeger), "The Corruption of Reality" (Prometheus), and "Wings of Illusion" (Prometheus). His edited books include "Religion and Mental Health" (Oxford University Press), "Human Suggestibility" (Routledge), "Cultural Cognition and Psychopathology" (Praeger), "Psychology and the Developing World" (Praeger), and "Motivation and Culture" (Routledge). His essays for The New Internationalist magazine include "The Personality Crisis," "The Demoralized Mind," "The Happiness Conspiracy," "The Triumph of Triviality," "Dying for the Things We Love," "In Greed We Trust," "Dead Zone," "Earth Warrior," and "Starstruck."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter One: Dying To Be Happy
Chapter Two: Natural Happiness
Chapter three: Prehistoric Happiness
Chapter Four: The Fall
Chapter five: The Golden Cage
Chapter Six: The New Trinity
Chapter Seven: Happiness For Dummies
Chapter Eight: The Happiness Conspiracy
Chapter Nine: In Greed We Trust
Chapter Ten: The Paradox of Narcissism
Chapter Eleven: Lost In The Mirror
Chapter Twelve: The Failure of Success
Chapter Thirteen: Killing The Things We Love
Chapter Fourteen: Happy Societies
Chapter Fifteen: The Ladakhi Formula
Chapter Sixteen: The Happiness Triangle
The often misunderstood modern person syndrome is a disorder linked to the conditions of living in our contemporary society. The author argues that the conditions of modernity have introduced new processes, forces, and cultural motivations that have major implications for all aspects of mental health and social well being. While modernity offers unprecedented opportunities for personal enhancement and creative expression, there is mounting evidence of a mental health crisis that demands the immediate attention of mental health professionals. In order to address the new challenges that have arisen under conditions of modernity, mental health professionals must rethink fundamental assumptions about the relationship between society and mental health, as well as the impact of modern social concerns upon individual behavior and psychological well being.
This innovative approach to mental health seeks to explain a variety of psychological trends, including the steep rise in depression, the sharp increase in the prevalence of existential disorders, and the emergence of consumption disorders. By shedding light on the interaction between modernity and mental health, Schumaker illuminates the emerging patterns of mental disturbance while also offering new and more effective intervention and prevention strategies.
Motivation and Culture brings together eighteen writers with a variety of academic backgrounds and cultural experiences to explore the way that culture impinges on motivation. Exploring topics such as personal values and motives, intercultural exchange in the workplace, the intrapsychic process and the nexus between biology and culture, they formulate theories of motivation that can be applied in the modern multicultural world.
Contributors include: Dona Lee Davis, Russell Geen, Joan Miller, John Paul Scott, William Wedenoja, Elisa J. Sobo and Stephen Wilson.