This stimulating book explores the long-standing relationship between psychotherapy and politics and argues that from the beginning psychotherapy has had a political face. Documenting instances where ideas from psychotherapy have been incorporated into the political agenda, the book demonstrates the practical value of psychotherapy as an instigator of social and political change. Related to this, attempts to understand and evaluate political life through the application of psychotherapeutic concepts are examined. The author poses a number of key questions, including: What is human nature? Are aggression and violence innate in us? Is the therapeutic relationship inherently unequal? And, is the political an a
Chapter 10: Gender and Sexuality
Gender and Sexuality
Psychotherapy has had perhaps more interaction with the politics of sexuality than with any other political issue. The reasons for this are apparent: sex and gender are par excellence the material of psychotherapy sessions. They are also the building blocks of many therapeutic accounts of people's problems. Here I shall look at some of the ways in which this theoretical and clinical concern has influenced the taking of political positions – positions on the power relations between the genders and between different sexual orientations.
Psychoanalysis Deconstructs Sex and Gender
We saw in Chapter 8 that for Freud, sexual repression creates culture – but at the same time, creates neurosis. He frequently expresses doubt as to whether this is an acceptable price to ...