Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability in an Uncertain Age

Frank Furedi


Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability in an Uncertain Age

Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability in an Uncertain Age

  • Title: Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability in an Uncertain Age
  • Author: Frank Furedi
  • ISBN: 9780415321594
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback



Therapy Culture explores the powerful influence of therapeutic imperative in Anglo American societies In recent decades virtually every sphere of life has become subject to a new emotional culture Professor Furedi suggests that the recent cultural turn toward the realm of the emotions coincides with a radical redefinition of personhood Increasingly vulnerability is presTherapy Culture explores the powerful influence of therapeutic imperative in Anglo American societies In recent decades virtually every sphere of life has become subject to a new emotional culture Professor Furedi suggests that the recent cultural turn toward the realm of the emotions coincides with a radical redefinition of personhood Increasingly vulnerability is presented as the defining feature of people s psychology Terms like people at risk , scarred for life or emotional damage evoke a unique sense of powerlessness Furedi questions the widely accepted thesis that the therapeutic turn represents an enlightened shift towards emotions He claims that therapeutic culture is primarily about imposing a new conformity through the management of people s emotions Through framing the problem of everyday life through the prism of emotions, therapeutic culture incites people to feel powerless and ill Drawing on developments in popular culture, political and social life, Furedi provides a path breaking analysis of the therapeutic turn.


Recent Comments "Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability in an Uncertain Age"

if you are of a certain generation , english or simply want to embrace your inner Duke of Edinburgh , then when , as I did , you see the following on the cover of The Times Magazine " Confessions of a new mother how sleep deprivation almost drove me mad " your heart may sink . Not another emotional outpouring , not another story about damaged emotions , illness , trauma , recovery , misery , pain and learning what is really important in life . what made this particular confession worse was the [...]

The description of this book on the author's site says "therapeutic culture incites people to feel powerless and ill." In other words, teaches us the victim mindset. But I can't help thinking he may throw out the baby with the bath water: surely emotional intelligence can also help free us from the destructive programming of the Reality Police.

couldn't get through this, it was repetitive and he didn't support his points particularly well.


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