A fascinating exploration of world events from leading psychoanalysts that shines new light on contemporary society.
Traumatic events happen in every age, yet there is a particularly cataclysmic feeling to our own epoch. The terrible events of September 11th 2001 still resonate and the repercussions continue to this day: the desperation of immigrants fleeing terror, the uncertainty of Brexit, Donald Trump in the White House, the rise of the alt-right and hard left, increasing fundamentalism, and terror groups intent on causing destruction. If that were not enough, we also have to grapple with the enormity of climate change and the charge that if we do not act now, it will be too late. Is it any wonder many are left overwhelmed?
Galvanised by the events outside of his consulting room, David Morgan began The Political Mind Seminars at the British Psychoanalytical Society in 2015 and their successful run continues today. A series of superlative seminars that examine the effects of the upheaval going on worldwide, this book is the first of two volumes to bring these seminars to a wider audience. A deeper understanding of humanity awaits.
Key Features & Highlights:
• A psychoanalytic perspective provides clarity and fresh insight to current affairs.
• Compelling contributions from Christopher Bollas, Michael Rustin, Jonathan Sklar, David Bell, Philip Stokoe, Roger Kennedy, David Morgan, M. Fakhry Davids, Ruth McCall, R. D. Hinshelwood, Renée Danziger, Josh Cohen, Sally Weintrobe, and Steven Groarke.
• Investigating such vital issues as prejudice, fundamentalism, feminism, globalisation, and climate change.
'This excellent book is a must for analysts and for readers interested in understanding our troubled world in a contemporary frame. [...It] shows that psychoanalysis has to take an ethical stance when confronted with the dehumanisation tendency in our contemporary world.'
Virginia Ungar MD, President of the International Psychoanalytical Association, from the Foreword.
'This book shows that the radical spirit of the British tradition in psychoanalysis is alive and well and haunts the social and political institutions that house it. The contributions illuminate the cultural contexts which make psychoanalysis possible, throwing a particular uncanny light on who we are now and what we do to each other.'
Professor Ian Parker, Emeritus Professor of Management, University of Leicester School of Business; President, The College of Psychoanalysts - UK
'This wonderfully scintillating volume powerfully addresses the key questions of our troubled times, from the relation between polis and psyche, psychoanalysis and feminism, alterity and prejudice, to problems of resurgent authoritarian populism, neo-liberalism, market and religious forms of terror as well as the looming challenge of climate change. It shows beyond a shadow of a doubt the utter indispensability of psychoanalysis not just in a clinical setting--increasingly dominated in this age of austerity by quick pharmacological fixes and bandaid solutions such as CBT--but, relatedly, to thoughtful, sustained, and rigorous practices of critique and engagement within the wider public sphere.'
Samir Gandesha, Professor of Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Table of Contents:
ABOUT THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS
The democratic state of mind
Understanding right-wing populism
Europe in dark times: some dynamics in alterity and prejudice
Neoliberalism is bad for your mental health
Where have all the adults gone?
Toleration of Strangers
Inflammatory projective identification in fundamentalist religious and economic terrorism
Psychoanalysis and Palestine-Israel: a personal angle
M. Fakhry Davids
Psychoanalysis and feminism: a modern perspective
Reflection or action: and never the twain shall meet
R. D. Hinshelwood
"We're all in it together" austerity's myth
A psycho-politics of the slacker
Climate change: the moral dimension
Managing difficult children: psychoanalysis, welfare policy, and the 'social sector'
About the Editor:
David Morgan, is a consultant psychotherapist and psychoanalyst fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society; a training analyst supervisor at the British Psychoanalytic Association; and a lecturer recognised nationally and internationally. He co-edited Violence, Delinquency and Perversion (2007) and has authored many publications and chapters. He is a director of Public Interest Psychology Ltd as well as a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association committee on Humanitarian Organisations. He has been the chair of ‘Political Minds & Frontier Psychoanalyst’, a radio broadcast series on Resonance FM.