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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

Alternative Realities
Alternative realities

Several political movements have drawn on the visionary, Utopian side of psychotherapy: tracing out the artificiality of many aspects of social and cultural life, therapy suggests the possibility of changing them into something conforming more closely with desire (see Chapter 8). This connection was expressed particularly strongly in the revolutionary and counter-cultural ferment of the late 1960s and 1970s, beginning with the French political explosion of May 1968.

May 1968 and after

May 1968 created an unusual and powerful relationship between radical activism and sophisticated psychoanalytic theory, something clearly depending on the specific intellectualism of French culture and politics. The relationship is symbolized in the urban myth of the student leader Dany Cohn-Bendit being smuggled over the French – German border in the back ...

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