Psychological Mystique

Psychological Mystique

by Stewart Justman
     
 
The Dow Jones average crossing new highs is hailed as a psychological breakthrough. Athletes consult sports psychologists. Therapists practice over the radio. Psychology supplies our common language. What does this mean?

Stewart Justman's The Psychological Mystique weighs the extraordinary influence of psychology on culture, traces the therapeutic model to its roots

Overview

The Dow Jones average crossing new highs is hailed as a psychological breakthrough. Athletes consult sports psychologists. Therapists practice over the radio. Psychology supplies our common language. What does this mean?

Stewart Justman's The Psychological Mystique weighs the extraordinary influence of psychology on culture, traces the therapeutic model to its roots, and examines the connection between psychology and the marketing of saturated contemporary life both public and private. He tracks the expansion of the therapeutic project from its beginnings in Locke and considers reflections on and of psychology in the works of a number of authors, including Orwell, Conrad, and Dostoevsky.

Yet the central figure in Justman's work is the little-known Edward Bernays, the nephew of Freud and father of public relations in America. It is Bernays, Justman argues, who defines the psychological style of our consumer society.

Thoughtful and at times sardonic, this study links psychology both to the mass production of goods and the propagation of cliches.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810116016
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
12/23/1998
Series:
Rethinking Theory Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
181
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.78(d)

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Frederick Crews
Like the rest of us, Justman cannot avoid hearing the apparently senseless din made by countless squabbling schools of therapy and would-be gurus of self-renovation. But he has perceived in that din a meaning at once huge and appalling: the snuffing out of ethical consciousness by psychological pseudo-insight and, as a consequence, the triumph of a purely manipulative approach to human nature. Cool and witty in manner, Justman is passionate and visionary in his commitment to an undiminished conception of the human. His book deserves the widest possible attention.

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