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Politics on the couch? Psychotherapy and society - some possibilities and some limitations

  • 21st Sep 2013
  • Professor Andrew Samuels

The ideas and practices of psychotherapy, together with fresh thinking from many other sources, can help to revitalize Western politics which seem broken and moribund. The author describes various professional experiences of his own at the interface of politics and psychotherapy. These include consulting with mainstream and activist politicians and groupings. He discusses how politics in the West is changing in the general direction of what he calls ‘transformative politics’. Third, he asks if psychotherapists can make a difference in the political world today, explaining that, though enthusiastic, he is also skeptical about the whole projec...

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