Constructing The Self, Constructing America: A Cultural History Of Psychotherapy

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Da Capo Press, 1996 - Psychology - 448 pages
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In this ground-breaking cultural history of psychotherapy, historian and psychologist Philip Cushman shows how the development of modern psychotherapy is inextricably intertwined with that of the United States and how it has changed the way Americans view events and themselves. By tracing our various definitions of the self throughout history, Cushman reveals that psychotherapy is very much a product of a particular time and place—and that it has been fundamentally complicit in creating many of the ills it seeks to assuage.
 

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Contents

Psychotherapy The Impossible Bridge
2
Selves Illnesses Healers Technologies
16
The Self in America
35
Healing through SelfDomination
92
Healing through SelfLiberation
118
Strange Bedfellows
141
The Road Not Taken
160
SelfLiberation through Consumerism
211
Psychotherapy as Moral Discourse
280
The Politics of the Self
333
The Self in Western Society
358
NOTES
390
INDEX
416
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Page 392 - The Significance of the Frontier in American History" in The Frontier in American History, New York: Henry Holt, 1920, p.
Page 393 - Elton Mayo, The Human Problems of an Industrial Civilization, New York, Macmillan, 1933; FJ Roethlisberger and WJ Dickson, Management and the Worker, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1939.

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About the author (1996)

Philip Cushman, Ph.D., is associate professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, is also in private practice in Oakland, California.

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