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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

The Roots of Hatred
The roots of hatred

According to Jacqueline Rose (1993, 37), in the 1930s the British diplomat Lord Davies asked the prominent psychoanalyst Ernest Jones how long psychoanalytic research needed to find a way to end war. Jones said about 200 years. Lord Davies said he'd take a short cut, and went to the League of Nations. However, neither the League of Nations nor any subsequent international body seems to have got very far in solving the problem – certainly not in understanding the sources of power-seeking, aggression and hostility in human behaviour. Perhaps it is time to turn back to psychotherapy for some ideas.

Why do people seek power over each other? Are power-seeking and aggressivity innate human traits, or are they conditioned ...

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