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Saving the Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help

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The language of psychology is all-pervasive in American culture—from The Sopranos to Oprah, from the abundance of self-help books to the private consulting room, and from the support group to the magazine advice column. Saving the Modern Soul examines the profound impact of therapeutic discourse on our lives and on our contemporary notions of identity. Eva Illouz plumbs to ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Carolyn
Jun 10, 2010 Carolyn rated it it was ok
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I'm still unsure of Illouz's point. Having little knowledge of the history of psychology, I enjoyed the explanation about how therapeutic discourse has become so prominent in (Western) society and culture, and how it affects personal relationships. While Illouz does claim to present a descriptive analysis of therapy in mainstream culture, she at times seems to be framing it in either positive or negative terms. Writers are entitled to opinions, certainly, but I would rather them be directly stat ...more
Brian Sullivan
Jan 21, 2016 Brian Sullivan rated it liked it
Excellent if you want to understand why Freud was embraced in the USA and the rise of psychotherapy in corporate America, The demise of questions of theodicy - (why does a loving God allow evil) that "haunted world religions and modern social utopias" has been reduced to an unprecedented banality by a discourse that views suffering as the effect of mismanaged emotions or a dysfunctional psyche.
Clinical Psychology disposed of the chasm between merit and fortune "by making misfortune the
result of
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Antje Schrupp
Apr 21, 2013 Antje Schrupp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fand das Buch SEHR interessant - wie die Psychoanalyse unsere (Populär- und Alltags-)Kultur geprägt hat. Lesebefehl. Zu komplex, um es hier zusammenzufassen.
Joerg
Jan 25, 2010 Joerg rated it really liked it
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Eine geballte Ladung Soziologie wird auf Intimität, Habitus und Gefühle im Kapitalismus losgelassen. Für eine Rezension zu komplex und detailliert. Augenöffnend.
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