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The Political Psyche - Andrew Samuels

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A radical and original study, "The Political Psyche" joins together depth psychology with politics in a way that fully reflects the discoveries made in analysis and therapy. In an attempt to show that an inner journey and a desire to fashion something practical out of passionate political convictions are linked projects, author Andrew Samuels brings an acute psychological perspective to political issues such as the distribution of wealth, the market economy, Third World development, environmentalism, and nationalism--expanding and enhancing our conception of "the political." However, keeping true to his aim of creating a two-way dialogue between depth psychology and politics, Samuels also lays bare the hidden politics of the father, the male body, and men's issues in general.
"The Political Psyche" does not collapse politics and psychology together, nor is Samuels unaware of the troubled relationship of depth psychology to the political events of the century. In the book he presents his acclaimed and cathartic work on Jung, anti-semitism and the Nazis to the wider public.
The text employs a "political" analysis to shed a fascinating light on clinical work. Samuels conducted a large-scale international survey of analysts and psychotherapists concerning what they do when their patients/clients bring overtly political material into the clinical setting. The results, including what the respondents reveal about their own political attitudes, destabilize any preconceived notions about the political sensitivity of analysis and psychotherapy.

"Andrew Samuels reconstitutes the relations between mind and power. . . . This is an ambitious, honest, radical and well-informed book written in a style free of jargon and warmly dialogical."-Peter Homans, University of Chicago "A passionate and compelling case for connecting inner and outer worlds, and for clinicians' greater political involvement--in their training, with their patients and, above all, in the outer world."-Lynne Segal "A splendid bringing together of Jungian, post-Jungian and Freudian thought in an effort to link psychology and politics . . . a stimulating and thoroughly original book."-Paul Roazen "A courageous book . . . richer than I can describe . . . thoughtful and illuminating . . . challenges all depth psychologists to wake up from prejudices. . . . [Samuels] carries me along with the great wisdom and merit of his goal. He wants to speak the unspoken. . . . He does that extremely well and brings us all to new awarenesses about the crucial links between politics and depth psychology in our practice and theory."-Polly Young-Eisendrath, "Harvest, Fall 1993 "Celebrate the publication of "The Political Psyche."-"The Guardian

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Political Psychep. 1
The Mirror and the Hammerp. 3
Subjectivity and Political Discoursep. 24
Depth Psychology and Politicsp. 51
The Lion and the Foxp. 78
Against Naturep. 103
The Political Personp. 123
Fathersp. 125
Political Readings of Paternal Imageryp. 149
Reflecting on Menp. 176
The Political Personp. 201
The Political Therapistp. 207
Political Material in the Clinical Settingp. 209
Object Relations, Group Process and Political Changep. 267
Jung, Anti-Semitism and the Nazisp. 287
Nations, Leaders and a Psychology of Differencep. 317
Ending and Beginningp. 337
Notesp. 340
Bibliographyp. 361
Name Indexp. 370
Subject Indexp. 374
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ISBN: 9780415081023
ISBN-10: 0415081025
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 12th August 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1