Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Why Psychoanalysis? (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism) Hardcover – January 15, 2002
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Library Journal
These two books defend the professional treatment of psychological problems by listening and responding in the Freudian manner, and they deplore the current dominance of neuroscience, pharmacology, and behaviorism. In Why Psychoanalysis?, French psychoanalyst, historian, and critic Roudinesco refers to our "depressive society" and our loss of subjectivity in the era of individuality. She fiercely defends Freud against "fanatical" opponents, even claiming that he was not antifeminist. Roudinesco will appeal to scholars of Freud and Jacques Lacan, of whom some knowledge is assumed. Unfortunately, though Roudinesco wants psychoanalysis to be a science, she often waxes polemical when a clear, objective evaluation of Freud is needed. For that, a general audience will be better served by Elio Frattaroli's Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain (LJ 8/01). For a more readable presentation of the cultural nexus of psychiatry, Julian Leff's The Unbalanced Mind (LJ 11/15/01) is outstanding. In The Gift of Therapy, Yalom (psychiatry, emeritus, Stanford) writes for both the professional and the lay reader a good idea, since educated consumers help bring professionals into the real world. He favors some self-disclosure by therapists, home visits, meeting with significant others, nonsexual touching, and time for reflection on each session. In 85 short chapters, he presents little pearls of ideas shaped from 35 years in practice. Yalom's view that the therapist is also healed in the process reminds this reviewer of James P. Carse's philosophy. Yalom's latest is essential for therapy trainers and fine for general libraries with psychology and self-help collections. For a general selection of this respected psychiatrist's earlier work, including fiction, consider The Yalom Reader (Basic Bks: Perseus, 1998). E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
It is interesting and instructive to read Roudinesco's eloquent defense of psychoanalysis in an era when psychopharmacology and cognitive science--not to mention managed-care cost cutters--deny the value of the "talking cure." The author, a French psychoanalyst, historian, and critic, labels the contemporary West "the Depressive Society." This, she argues, is a world in which physicians prescribe drugs to eliminate psychic symptoms without inquiring into their origin; cognitive scientists reduce both Mozart's artistry and schizophrenia's delusions to neurons and chemicals; and depression has replaced the hysteria of Freud's time as "the psychical epidemic of democratic societies." Roudinesco examines "The Great Quarrel over the Unconscious" and speculates on "The Future of Psychoanalysis," offering valuable insights into the nature of psychoanalysis and the profession's development in different countries. But her greatest contribution is her insistence that the human subjectivity at the heart of psychoanalysis is ignored and defeated by the scientific approaches dominant today. Mary Carroll
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now