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The Mirror and the Hammer

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January 2002 | 206 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`It is surely worth reading, not only by the author's fellow psychiatrists, but also by psychologists in general' - Contemporary Psychology

`I found this book a joy to read. Each chapter sets out the orthodoxy in question, then proceeds to explain lucidly the author's difficulties with this orthodoxy and to suggest an alternative way of looking at the issues' - Self and Society

Psychotherapy's influence seems all pervasive today. But to what end? Is helping people really therapy's main mission? This provocative book explores the alternatives to psychotherapeutic orthodoxies on such vital issues as sexuality; the self; the unconscious; creativity; and the dilemma of evil. Erensto Spinelli challenges psychotherapy, asking if it has retreated from its early promise of being a pivotal agent in our attempts to discover what it means to be human, in exchange for its current role as a pacifier of personal and social unease.

 
Celebrating Mediocrity
What Has Happened to Psychotherapy?

 
 
To Disclose or Not to Disclose - That is the Question
 
I am Not a Noun
The Vagaries of the Self

 
 
Do We Really Need the Unconscious?
 
Reconfiguring Human Sexuality
 
Conflicting Desires
Childhood and Sexuality

 
 
Psychotherapy and the Challenge of Evil
 
Creation and Being
A Challenge to Psychoanalytic Theories of Artistic Creativity

 
 
Beyond the Great Beyond
 
The Mirror and the Hammer
Some Hesistant Steps Towards a More Humane Psychotherapy

 

`It is surely worth reading, not only by the author's fellow psychiatrists, but also by psychologists in general' - Contemporary Psychology

`I found this book a joy to read. Each chapter sets out the orthodoxy in question, then proceeds to explain lucidly the author's difficulties with this orthodoxy and to suggest an alternative way of looking at the issues' - Self and Society

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