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The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology is a landmark in the resurgent field of humanistic psychology and psychotherapy. Their range of topics is far-reaching--from the historical, theoretical, and methodological, to the spiritual, psychotherapeutic, and multicultural. Students and professionals are looking for the fuller, deeper, and more personal psychological orientation that this Handbook promotes.

Treating Madness Without Hospitals: Soteria and Its Successors
Treating madness without hospitals: Soteria and its successors

SCHIZOPHRENIA, PSYCHIATRY's “sacred cow” (Szasz, 1976) and longest running conundrum, traditionally is the most medicalized and dehumanized of all the so-called mental illnesses. Besides incarceration, with its known adverse consequences, persons with this label have been subjected to a terrifying array of “treatments”—fever, gold, arsenic, bismuth, tonsillectomy, electroshock, insulin shock, lobotomy, and (most recently) the neuroleptic drugs. When looked at contex-tually, these interventions seem to be designed to allow the rest of us to avoid having to deal with these persons' humanity— that is, their subjective experience of psychosis and its effect on us. Indeed, persons who are “out of their minds” must, by any means possible, be kept “out ...

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