Our Last Great Illusion: A Radical Psychoanalytical Critique of Therapy Culture (Societas)

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RE-ISSUED WITH INDEX. 'Therapy may be mad,' declares Rob Weatherill in this outspoken volume. Therapy here means particularly psychotherapy and counselling, but should be also taken to signify the universal logic of the post-modern therapeutic culture of well-being, happiness and enjoyment. More and more people want to believe in therapy who have lost belief in anything else. Counselling and therapy increasingly inform all human interaction. The dominant ethos is a holistic one. This book aims to refute, primarily through the prism of modern psychoanalysis and key theorists like Baudrillard, Levinas, Lyotard, Paz, Steiner, Reiff as well as Žižek, the fashion for a return to a pre-Cartesian ideal of harmony and integration. On the contrary, there is something monstrous, something excessive, that Freud termed the death drive, at the heart of the Real upon which ordinary reality, so to speak, rests. Enlightenment thought, in which we in the West in particular are caught, is entirely incapable of going beyond the ideal humanist version of man – our last great illusion.

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"This breathtaking little book was a veritable roller-coaster of a read... destined, I believe, to provoke very extreme reactions from pretty much anyone who reads it... this book really is an absolute must, and not to be missed on any account."

Author: Richard House Source: Scientific and Medical Network

"Dramatic insight into the spirit of our contemporary reality."

Author: Professor Svetislav M. Jaric (Serbia)

"'Illuminating and witty... Weatherill's use of Freud to draw a radical distinction between the agonistics of loss and intimate experience in the crucible of family life, and the futile blandishments of therapy, is particularly compelling."

Author: Patrick Turner Source: Culture Wars

"...radical, uncompromising, and brilliantly intelligent - someone who habitually thinks outside of many boxes (often all at the same time)... Perhaps the nearest comparison to Weatherill's quarry is in the work of the prolific Lacanian theorist Slavoj Žižek."

Author: Richard House, author of Therapy Beyond Modernity

"Psychologists and therapists will find the thesis challenging but well worth the engagement with the author's deep understanding of postmodern trends."

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"A very important book. Deserves to reach a wide audience."

Author: John Waters Source: The Irish Times

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Counselling and therapy yearn to bring about integration within and between people. The dominant ethos is a holistic one. This book aims to refute, primarily through the prism of modern psychoanalysis and postmodern theory, the notion of a return to nature, to holism, or to a pre-Cartesian ideal of harmony and integration. Far from helping people, therapy culture's Utopian solutions may be a cynical distraction, creating delusions of hope. Yet solutions proliferate in the free market, to the precise degree that there are no solutions. This is why therapy is our last great illusion. Rob Weatherill has been in private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Dublin for 25 years, and he lectures in psychoanalysis at Trinity College, Dublin.

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