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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Rob Weatherill has been in private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist for over three decades. He lectures in psychoanalysis in St. Vincent's University College Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. He is author of over thirty papers and articles on psychoanalysis and has published four books.

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

(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."

(Patrick Turner Culture Wars)

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

(John Waters The Irish Times)

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

(Network)

"...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."

(Richard House, author of Therapy Beyond Modernity)

"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."

(Richard House Scientific and Medical Network)

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