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Psychoanalysis, General Custer, and the Verdicts of History: And Other Essays on Psychology in the Social Scene
     

Psychoanalysis, General Custer, and the Verdicts of History: And Other Essays on Psychology in the Social Scene

by Seymour B. Sarason
 

This book explores the nature and consequences of social change, the limitations of an individual psychology, and the perils of adopting an ahistorical stance. From reflections on the current Freudian backlash to an in-depth look at the effects of the industrial revolution on the breakdown of community, examines the recurring destructive consequences that arise

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This book explores the nature and consequences of social change, the limitations of an individual psychology, and the perils of adopting an ahistorical stance. From reflections on the current Freudian backlash to an in-depth look at the effects of the industrial revolution on the breakdown of community, examines the recurring destructive consequences that arise when a sense of rootedness and belonging disappears.In this collection of personal essays, eminent psychologist Seymour B. Sarason explores the nature and consequences of social change, the limitations of an individual psychology, and the perils of adopting an ahistorical stance.From reflections on the current Freudian backlash to an in-depth look at the effects of the industrial revolution on the breakdown of community, Sarason examines the recurring destructive consequences that arise when a sense of rootedness and belonging disappears. Particularly interesting is Sarason's examination of the American worldview—how our can-do optimism and democratic nature shape who we are and how we understand ourselves.The essays are as varied and interesting as the writer, and cover a wide range of topicsfrom literary biography and linguistics to mental health. In each chapter, Sarason is careful to examine human problems in light of their social context, always stressing the importance of creating and maintaining a network of relationships characterized by obligations, mutuality, and depAndability.

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"Sarason eloquently guides his readers on a spirited journey through seemingly familiar ground that shifts continually as his critical insights reveal new truths and alternative perspectives on topics as diverse as American psychology and society, psychoanalysis and Freud, and politicsa and social movements. I enjoyed every one of these eleven essays.'' —Philip Zimbardo, professor of psychology, Stanford University
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A collection of personal essays by an eminent psychologist exploring the nature and consequences of social change, the limitations of an individual psychology, and the perils of adopting an ahistorical stance. Sarason examines the recurring destructive consequences that arise when a sense of rootedness and belonging disappears; of particular interest are his observations on the American worldview--how our "can-do" optimism and democratic nature shape who we are and how we understand ourselves. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787900045
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/09/1994
Series:
Social & Behavioral Science
Edition description:
1st
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile:
1310L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

SEYMOUR B. SARASON is professor of psychology emeritus in the Department of Psychology and at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books, including You Are Thinking of Teaching?, The Case for Change, The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform, and The Making of an American Psychologist.

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