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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

Psycho-Politics: Entering the Twenty-First Century
Psycho-politics: Entering the twenty-first century
A Structure for Enquiry

From the century of psychotherapy, many examples of psycho-politics are available. To present this mass of material in a manageable and coherent way, I use a matrix with four axes: psychotherapy in politics, psychotherapy of politics, politics of psychotherapy, and politics in psychotherapy. Although these categories are in some ways arbitrary, they are also practically useful, and to some extent at least represent real distinctions. Organizing the material like this means that some topics – feminism, for example – are scattered in pieces through the book in a way which is less than ideal. However, this would have been true for some topics whatever scheme I adopted; and my approach has the advantage ...

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