I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement and Other Self-Help Fashions by Wendy Kaminer, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement and Other Self-Help Fashions

I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement and Other Self-Help Fashions

by Wendy Kaminer
     
 

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Whether she is infiltrating 12-step meetings and codependency workshops or evaluating the claims of gurus from Shirley MacLaine to M. Scott Peck, Kaminer deftly diagnoses a national movement with a strong tendency toward authoritarianism, a cult of victimhood, and a nasty streak of cover religiosity.

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Whether she is infiltrating 12-step meetings and codependency workshops or evaluating the claims of gurus from Shirley MacLaine to M. Scott Peck, Kaminer deftly diagnoses a national movement with a strong tendency toward authoritarianism, a cult of victimhood, and a nasty streak of cover religiosity.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kaminer takes witty potshots at the omnipresent self-help programs and authors that are giving psychotherapists a run for their money. (Apr.)
Library Journal
If you have been purchasing some of the many recent books on codependency, 12-step programs, or recovery, you should buy this strong critique of the self-help movement. Kaminer, a lawyer and journalist, does not address the effectiveness of such programs; she explores their social implications, arguing that they encourage passivity, social isolation, and emotionality, attitudes antithetical to democracy. A distinctive and highly recommended title. For other critiques of the self-help movement, see ``Alternative Titles'' in ``Making Room for the Recovery Boom,'' LJ 5/1/92, p. 49-52.--Ed.-- Mary Ann Hughes, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679745853
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/31/1993
Edition description:
Vintage Books Edition
Pages:
105
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.62(d)

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