Smail's book is a radical critique of conventional psychotherapy, allowing readers to see their distress in terms of a natural response to events beyond their control. What is needed is not the will to become different, but the clarity to see through the confusion caused by the notions of morality, responsibility and change.
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David Smail was awarded a PhD in psychology by University College London in 1965. While working for the NHS as a clinical psychologist, he helped pioneer the 'therapeutic community' approach to mental disorder. He moved to Nottingham in 1968 he held the honorary post of Special Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nottingham from 1979 until 2000. Other books by David Smail include The Origins of Unhappiness, How to Survive Without Psychotherapy, The Nature of Unhappiness, and Why Therapy Doesn't Work.
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Book Description Constable, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0094754004