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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

Therapy for the People
Therapy for the people

Here I want to examine some attempts by therapists to give practical expression to their ideas about human beings – to make a difference. All four examples are the heirs of initiatives which I have already discussed: Marie Langer of the ‘left Freudians’, Social Therapy of the Radical Therapy movement, and the two London schemes in some ways of the Sexpol movement and in some ways a frst world emulation of Langer's Nicaraguan work (though also reminiscent of the 1930s Peckham Experiment: Pearse and Crocker 1943). All four are explicitly socialist in orientation. In many ways, they represent a descent from the grand visions of their sources into the mud and grime of everyday reality.

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