‘Therapy is indeed the new opium of the people, as Frank Furedi makes clear in this fascinating, readable – and disturbing – book.’ – Virginia Ironside, The. Furedi has written a textbook-style assessment of this new therapy culture. While he lacks the illuminating gifts of sociologists such as. The official website of Frank Furedi, author of Therapy Culture, Paranoid Parenting, Culture of Fear.

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When his book came out last month, a whole weekend of seminars was organised around its themes. It is a timely question: Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent, has become something of a cult figure.

Extract from Therapy Culture, by Frank Furedi | Books | The Guardian

Government agencies, too, continually point to a self-esteem deficit as the source of social problems. Furedi portrays a world gone therapy-mad.

Though terrier-like in pursuit of evidence to support his case, Furedi has no interest in clinical practice and has nothing to say about therapists cultrue. Targeting privacy and informal relations.

Pull yourself together!

A recent survey discovered that children as young as eight described themselves as “stressed by relationships and school”. As American cultural critic Christopher Lasch notes, “The dominant conception of personality sees the self as a helpless victim of external circumstances.

The self at risk. Following his autobiography, Addicted, which provides vivid details of his drunken debauchery, some wags suggested that he is now more thera;y for his addiction fureid he ever was for his football: The era of the stiff upper lip, when the aim was to put others first.


The Furedi alternative, with its quietist machismo “Pull yourself together, man”is far bleaker. Cultivating Vu Frank Furedi Limited preview – Depression, once primarily associated with women, is now represented as an infirmity that also afflicts children, students and men. It’s anti-science and anti-reason. Such minimal claims stand in distinct contrast to the way that therapy was promoted in the past. In Britain, footballers confess their addiction to drugs and drink.

He complains about the public reaction to September 11, for instance, suggesting we needn’t have been so traumatised by the footage of the twin towers. Furedi questions the widely accepted thesis that the therapeutic turn represents an enlightened shift towards emotions.

The culture of emotionalism. But this new narrative of illness does not simply frame the way people are expected to feel and experience problems – it is also an invitation to infirmity. The concept of the indirect victim allows for a tremendous inflation of the numbers who are entitled to claim such support.

Review: Therapy Culture by Frank Furedi | Books | The Guardian

Therapy is a sedative cynically administered to stifle dissidence and unrest. User Review – Flag as inappropriate This is the first coloring book i have gotten and i love it so so much Because the public exposure of inner pain can count on the affirmation and support of today’s culture, more and more people identify themselves through their addiction, syndrome or physical illness.

And a world that had less need of therapists would be a better one. Professor Stephen Palmer of City University, who led the study, was “surprised by the extent of the problem”. This static, conservative view of the self represents a rejection of previous, more ambitious calls for “changing yourself”, “improving yourself” or for “transcending the self”.


But it might equally be said to encourage cultur.

Instead, the therapg for self-acceptance is a round-about way of avoiding change. Although individual therapists sometimes make extravagant claims about the effectiveness of their product, therapeutic culture is distinctly modest about its efficacy. When the family unit was a site of respect rather than suspicion. Professor Furedi suggests that the recent cultural turn toward the realm of the emotions coincides with Mirroring this sense of “self-as-victim” is the contemporary obsession with furevi.

In the s, confessional auto-biographies and semi-fictional accounts expanded beyond the usual “I was an addict” stories and adopted themes that were far more private than before. Selected pages Title Page. Recent decades have seen the discovery of an unprecedented number of new types of illnesses.

Contents The culture of emotionalism. The belief that the impact of crime has a major influence on people’s emotional life is a relatively recent one. If he had talked to the counsellors at his own university, Furedi might have discovered that the problems students bring along are real enough.

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