A New Therapy for Politics? by Andrew Samuels

By Andrew Samuels

Andrew Samuels has validated a world perform as a political advisor, operating with senior politicians, political events and activist teams. His lectures and workshops at the software of 'therapy pondering' to social and political matters allure extensive curiosity. His past books during this quarter, akin to The Political Psyche and Politics at the sofa, were broadly favored. Now, in a long-anticipated tour-de-force that's either compassionate and intellectually stimulating, this booklet deepens in a brand new and innovate type his engagement with subject matters corresponding to economics, ecopsychology, management, aggression and violence, the function of the person in innovative politics, and sexuality and spirituality in political contexts. The reader is inspired to maneuver past traditional specialist or educational discourse via the inclusion of experiential routines within the textual content. during this approach, activism and research, private and non-private, healing and more-than-personal are all introduced jointly in a delightful but not easy synthesis.Samuels is open in regards to the issues of attempting to follow treatment pondering to dialogue approximately urgent political, social and monetary questions, and to the lack of a feeling of that means and goal in own and collective existence. even if there's a lengthy historical past within the psychotherapies of aspiration to accomplish this, and therapists invited the realm into their consulting rooms, the 'client' didn't appear for its first consultation. within the booklet, Samuels talk about why this has been the case, accepting that there's a very undesirable ancient checklist to possess, starting from Jung's anti-semitism to psychoanalytic homophobia and heteronormativity. there's additionally the matter of therapists' uncontrollable wish to turn out their theories correct.

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