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What About Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-based Society

Paul Verhaeghe

  • According to current thinking, anyone who fails to succeed must have something wrong with them. The pressure to achieve and be happy is taking a heavy toll, resulting in a warped view of the self, disorientation, and despair. People are lonelier than ever before. Today's pay-for-performance mentality is turning institutions such as schools, universities, and hospitals into businesses - even individuals are being made to think of themselves as one-person enterprises. Love is increasingly hard to find, and we struggle to lead meaningful lives. In *What about Me?*, Paul Verhaeghe's main concern is how social change has led to this psychic crisis and altered the way we think about ourselves.

Working with violence - a contemporary psychoanalytic approach

Jessica Yakeley

  • It has become an urgent priority to tackle the problem of violence. But in an age preoccupied with public protection and risk, violent behaviour is more likely to provoke a punitive response than any attempt to understand and address its root causes. 

    Drawing on the field of psychoanalysis and the expanding discipline of forensic psychotherapy, this book offers a strong conceptual framework for understanding the motivations and dynamics that underlie violent behaviour in adults. 

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