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Why Psychoanalysis? by Elisabeth Roudinesco
Book DescriptionWhy do some people still choose psychoanalysis-Freud's so-called talking cure-when numerous medications are available that treat the symptoms of psychic distress so much faster? Elisabeth Roudinesco tackles this difficult question, exploring what she sees as a "depressive society": an epidemic of distress addressed only by an increasing reliance on prescription drugs. Far from contesting the efficacy of new medications like Prozac, Zoloft, and Viagra in alleviating the symptoms of any number of mental or nervous conditions, Roudinesco argues that the use of such drugs fails to solve patients' real problems. In the man who takes Viagra without ever wondering why he is suffering from impotence and the woman who is given antidepressants to deal with the loss of a loved one, Roudinesco sees a society obsessed with efficiency and desperate for the quick fix. She argues that "the talking cure" and pharmacology represent not just different approaches to psychiatry, but different worldviews. The rush to treat symptoms is itself symptomatic of an antiseptic and depressive culture in which thought is reduced to the firing of neurons and desire is just a chemical secretion. In contrast, psychoanalysis testifies to human freedom and the power of language.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231122030
(203mm x 135mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 18-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Elisabeth Roudinesco
Freud, Hardback (November 2016)
Elisabeth Roudinesco's bold reinterpretation of Sigmund Freud is a biography for the twenty-first century a sympathetic yet impartial appraisal of a genius admired but misunderstood in his time and ours. Alert to tensions in his character and thought, she views Freud less as a scientific thinker than as an interpreter of civilization and culture.
Lacan: In Spite of Everything, Paperback (February 2014)
"An extraordinary book about the most flamboyant French neo-Freudian of the twentieth century." The Times
Revisiting the Jewish Question, Paperback (December 2013)View all books by Elisabeth Roudinesco
What does it mean to be Jewish? What is an anti-Semite? Why does the enigmatic identity of the men who founded the first monotheistic religion arouse such passions? We need to return to the Jewish question.
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Author Biography - Elisabeth Roudinesco
Elisabeth Roudinesco teaches at the cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She is the author of twelve other books, including Jacques Lacan (Columbia 1999) and Revolution and Madness: The Lives and Legends of Theroigne de Mericourt.Rachel Bowlby is a professor of English at the University of York. She has written Carried Away: The Invention of Modern Shopping(Columbia 2001); Feminist Destinations and Further Essays on Virginia Woolf; Just Looking: Consumer Culture in Dreise, Gissing, and Zola; Still Crazy After All These Years: Woman, Writing, and Psychoanalysis; and Shopping with Freud.
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