‘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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How did we get here? Drawing on developments in popular culture, political and social life, Furedi provides a path-breaking analysis of the therapeutic turn.

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

And this culture is a self-reinforcing circuit: User Review – Flag as inappropriate This is the first coloring book i have gotten and i love it so so much He is nostalgic for the stoicism of the Blitz or the Aberfan disaster, when the children who survived went cuulture back to school, to “take their minds off” it. All this emphasis on the private self has, paradoxically, eroded private life – and emptied the public realm of purpose and meaning.

But when a child has been abused, a sense of victimhood seems appropriate enough.

Account Options Sign in. This elaboration of the impact of mental disorders is matched by the growth in the number of routine experiences that are said to cause psychological damage.


Pull yourself together!

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Therapy is a sedative cynically administered to stifle dissidence and unrest. 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.

One recent study, Hardship Britain: The author’s surname, incidentally, forms the anagram “I Freud” – and he says the old boy has been misrepresented by his modern-day successors.

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If he had talked to the counsellors at his own university, Furedi might have discovered that the problems students bring along are real enough. What’s missing is any concession that therapy might be helpful and motivating; that it can enable those with a sense of victimhood to move beyond it; that when it works it makes people nicer and happier, or at any rate less nasty and miserable. On reality TV the intimate banalities of family life are exposed for public entertainment. Cultivating Vulnerability in an Uncertain Age.

A recent survey discovered that children as young as eight described themselves as “stressed by relationships and school”. Tony Adams, former England football captain, only earned the respect ofthe media after his public admission of an alcohol problem.

But there’s nothing especially despicable about engaging others in our woes. Psychology Fuedi- Social Science – pages. 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.


Increasingly vulnerability is presented as the defining feature of people’s psychology.

The point was echoed by Oprah Winfrey when she informed her audience that “what we are trying to change in this one hour is what I think is the root of all the problems in the world – lack of self-esteem.

Contents The culture of emotionalism.

He was treated as a public outcast until he acknowledged he had a “problem” and checked into a clinic. Once there were wise elders to advise those in trouble – now we appoint life-style gurus, personal trainers and “a whole army of counsellors”. That is why there are such strong cultural pressures on the individual to “acknowledge pain”and “share”.

Even anti-poverty campaigners have shifted their focus.

Following his autobiography, Addicted, which provides vivid details of his drunken debauchery, some wags suggested that he is now more respected for his addiction than he ever was for his football: The self at cklture. Government agencies, too, continually point to a self-esteem deficit as the source of social problems.

But its tough-guy assault cluture vulnerability leads Furedi into some dark waters. In reality, though, the rhetoric of therapeutic self-determination never granted individuals the right to determine their lives: