`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

Stress Discourse and Individualization

Stress Discourse and Individualization

Stress discourse and individualization

This chapter is concerned with why stress has become a widespread phenomenon in Western society. It aims to explore the way in which stress discourse is constructed and how this is reflected in stress management practice. It draws on material I have presented in an earlier book in which a more detailed account is given (Newton et al., 1995).

The chapter will consider attempts by stress researchers to legitimize the subject of stress as an area of academic study; examine the image of the ‘stressed subject’ and of ‘stress management’; and explore possible explanations as to the ‘popularity’ of stress. In so doing the aim is to challenge much of the conventional thinking about stress.

Legitimizing Stress

According to both popular and ...

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