`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther
Chapter 12: Deconstructing Diagnosis: Psychopathological Practice
Deconstructing Diagnosis: Psychopathological Practice
This century has seen a relentless psychologization of society and the proliferation of diagnoses of forms of unhappiness. The increasing popularity of psychotherapy and counselling is both a symptom of and response to this process. As social problems become located more firmly inside individuals, each of us then experiences our distress as something intensely personal which must be addressed. Perhaps this is not necessarily a bad thing, and we do need to be able to develop a response to social problems which works at the interface of the personal and the political instead of pretending that society is something separate from us. While some of us may participate as clients or providers in psychological services with this progressive ...