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Against Therapy

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Zablode psihoterapije (1988) predstavljajo eno najodmevnejših del J. M. Massona, zgodovinarja in nekdanjega psihoanalitika, ki je s svojimi deli o psihoterapiji in njenih začetnikih zbudil izjemen javni in strokovni odziv. S to kontroverzno knjigo je Masson zamajal temelje moderne psihoterapije, lotil se je tako Freuda kot Junga, odločno pa je izpodbijal tudi Perslove in R ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published July 23rd 1992 by Flamingo (first published 1988)
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Erica Verrillo
When an author puts forth the claim that all psychotherapy should be abandoned on the grounds that the entire field is inherently corrupt, one is tempted to dismiss him as a crackpot. But Dr. Masson is no crackpot. He is the former director of the Sigmund Freud Archives and a psychotherapist himself. Given those qualifications Dr. Masson's ideas are worthy of consideration--however radical they may appear.

By the time you finish this book, with its well researched history of psychotherapy, you wi
I was convinced by Masson's earlier book, Assault on Truth, that Freud was a pretty nasty therapist who manipulated what his patients said to fit his theories. Masson has continued to dig into the articles, letters and diaries of other psychoanalysts and players in the field, to find a similar pattern of abuse. His response to all this flawed professional practice is that the profession itself is flawed. Not just those who practice it. At their core, psychotherapeutic relationships create a powe ...more
Michael Palkowski

Masson in his analysis attempts to evaluate theoretical assumptions by focusing heavily on the individuals who advocated them and how within the context of their personal life, they were odious. These points although interesting from an investigative journalist perspective is certainly not conducive to academic disillusionment with the theory itself. This is a shame because there is a lot of ammunition and problems that could certainly be thrown in the face of psychotherapy, even exploring the n
A thought-provoking book about the abuse of power in therapeutic relationships. Mason describes extreme human rights violations, perpetrated within the mental health system, and justified as "therapeutic interventions" that are allegedly in the patient's "best interest". While Mason's book alerts one to the scope for perversion within therpeutic relationships, I am not convinced that it makes a case "against therapy". Power is everwhere, and temptations to abuse it are everwhere too. This should ...more
Heidi Garrett
I found this to be a pretty nauseating read. I think the whole time I read it my stomach was upset! Erg! Although I've been exposed to Thomas Szasz years ago, I've never stumbled on anything like this book: i.e. Therapy is just plain bad. The truths in this book are just unsettling. Reading this after reading Hysterical Anna Freud's Story by Rebecca Coffey and The Assault on Truth by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson was a big, huge bitter pill to swallow. It's probably a good book to read before considering entering any type of therapy: individual, group, counseling, blah, blah, blah, so at leas ...more
This provocative book cries out to be read by anyone giving or getting therapy, and might also interest many who know any therapists or their clients/patients. Although first published in 1988 (so some of the info has dated), Jeffrey Masson’s basic argument hasn’t lost its relevance. In some ways it may even be more relevant than ever, given the increasing medicalisation of emotional pain, and our changing (and debased?) understandings of concepts like ‘friend’ and ‘connected’.

A warning: this lu
Jul 31, 2007 Russell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't know why therapy is not working for them
This book continues what the Assault on Truth: Freud's Suppression of the Seduction Theory started. Masson peices together a stunning and arousing viewpoint with logic and anecdote that support what sounds like something, (being Against Therapy), to which noone could ever agree. After reading this book, it is clear that the interest of a good friend would be closer to the individual than a therapist. Think about it.
Justin Podur
This is the kind of book that can change how you think about a whole field. Very well documented, full of stranger-than-fiction and heartbreaking and enraging stories, this book makes the case against the whole practice of therapy as it evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the way it was practiced as a means of control. Still very relevant today.
Wow, one of the best books I've ever read. Brings an obvious but rare perspective to one of the major institutions shaping our society today.

I find this essential reading for getting out from under the spell that psychology and the therapy industry cast on our society, where everyone is a potential patient and at the end of the day, "trained" professionals are thought to weigh in on the rest of society's mental states and sanity.

It really can be a corrupting institution, even for many likely go
I read this book back in the early 1990s, and I have it on hand to refresh my memory.

The author, Jeffery Moussaieff Mason, graduated as a psychoanalyst, had a private practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and was briefly projects director of the Sigmund Freud Archives. He became disillusioned with the field and left it.

The main fault I have with the book is that the author, ironically, does something which his opponents do: tie a person's ideas to their personal characteristics. Recently
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He has written several books books critical of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and psychiatry as well as books on animals, their emotions and their rights.

He currently lives in New Zealand with his wife, two sons, three cats and three rats.
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