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Description - The Trouble with Therapy: Sociology and Psychotherapy by Peter Morrall

An increasing number of people are engaging in therapy. As a consequence there is a growing debate about the benefits of therapy and its place in global society. In this exciting and engaging new text Peter Morrall argues that therapy should be treated with healthy scepticism and provides a compelling, contemporary, and controversial argument as to how we should construct a sceptical view. In an engaging style akin to authors such as Oliver Burkeman, Stan Ferudi and Alain de Botton, the author offers a sociology of psychotherapy as well as placing sociology in therapy. The author explores the links between therapy and science, therapy and power, therapy and reality, madness and normality, and personal misery and the values of global society. The author asks questions about therapy and the "therapy culture" of the modern day. Is therapy dysfunctional, arrogant, selfish, abusive, infectious, insane and deceitful? The author illustrates different aspects of therapy using a troubled character called Heather, who undergoes therapy and features in vignettes throughout the book. This innovative, engaging, and compelling analysis of therapy is a wake-up call about therapy. It is essential reading for anyone interested in psychotherapy, counselling, sociology or the human condition.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780335218752
ISBN-10: 033521875X
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 154mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Morrall

Peter Morrall is Senior Lecturer in Health and Sociology at Leeds University, UK. He has nearly thirty years experience in the field of madness (working; researching; teaching; writing; suffering).

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