The Emotional Life of Nations

The Emotional Life of Nations

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by Lloyd DeMause
     
 
In his psychogenic theory of history, DeMause, director of the Institute for Psychohistory (New York), argues that wars and other social violence are group fantasy restagings of childhood, even prenatal, trauma. He frames the Gulf War as a guilty response to the peaceful, prosperous 1980s; graphically discusses sanctioned abuse in different cultures, and the

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In his psychogenic theory of history, DeMause, director of the Institute for Psychohistory (New York), argues that wars and other social violence are group fantasy restagings of childhood, even prenatal, trauma. He frames the Gulf War as a guilty response to the peaceful, prosperous 1980s; graphically discusses sanctioned abuse in different cultures, and the evolution of child-rearing; and offers some hope via fantasy analysis to decode and defuse such mass delusions. Illustrations portray such themes as the dangerous woman (e.g., as in the expression "the mother of all wars). Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

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ISBN-13:
9781892746986
Publisher:
Other Press, LLC
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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The Emotional Life of Nations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Llyoyd de Mause's fascinating essay in psychohistory is a classic touchstone in any and all conversations of the manner in which a nation's character can be said to be shaped by the manner in which its citizens are raised.