America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture

America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture

by Pythia Peay

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ISBN-13: 9781590564882
Publisher: Lantern Books NY
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 616
Sales rank: 1,005,301
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Force that Is America xi

Part I Violence in America 1

1 The Gun, the Bomb, and the Wound that Will Not Heal-An Interview with Robert Jay Lifton 11

2 The Illness that We Suffer: Why 9/11 Felt Like the End of the World-An Interview with Charles B. Strozier 23

3 America's Divided Soul-An Interview with Luigi Zoja 35

4 Confronting the Violence Within-An Interview with Michael Eigen 48

5 Transforming Violence through the Democratic Process-Within and Without-An Interview with Donald Kalsched 60

6 On the Battlefield of the Psyche: War and Trauma-An Interview with Larry Decker 74

7 Heartbreak and the Gods of Love and War-An Interview with Ginette Paris 87

Part II Addicted America 99

8 Dispelling the Myths of Addiction-An Interview with A. Thomas McLellan 107

9 That Which Hurts Can Also Heal-An Interview with Charles Grob 123

10 Dionysos: God of Alcohol-An Interview with Ginette Paris 141

11 Eating Disorders and America's Neglected Body-An Interview with Marion Woodman 151

12 America's Icarus Complex-An Interview with Linda Schierse Leonard 160

13 America's Empire-Plantation Complex: Workaholism and Addiction-An Interview with Ernest Rossi 170

14 What's Love Got to Do with It? How America's Independent, Self-Reliant Culture Fosters Addiction-An Interview with Karen B. Walant 180

15 Ancestors: The "Spirit in the Bottle"-An Interview with Stephen Aizenstat 191

Part III America's Vanishing Environment 203

16 We Are America-and We Are the Earth, Too-An Interview with Mary Pipher 211

17 That Which May Destroy Us May Also Save Us: Adapting to the Coming Downshift-Now!-An Interview with Raymond De Young 222

18 The Archetype of Waste-An Interview with Stephen J. Foster 237

19 Hungry and Homeless-Like the Bees-An Interview with Bonnie Bright 250

20 Crop Circles: Revelations of a New Planetary Myth-An Interview with Gary S. Bobroff 263

Part IV A Poverty of Meaning: Capitalism and Consumerism 275

21 Too Much Stuff, Too Little Happiness-An Interview with Paul L. Wachtel 285

22 The Changing American Self in an Era of Consumerism-An Interview with Philip Cushman 301

23 Is America's "Money Complex" Bankrupting Its Character?-An Interview with Thomas Singer 312

24 Still Keeping up with the Joneses-An Interview with A. Chris Heath 324

25 An American Awakening-An Interview with Lawrence H. Staples 334

26 Analyzing the American Dream-An Interview with Bud Harris 348

Part V Politics, Presidents, Power, and Polarization 359

27 The Politics of the Father as Leader-An Interview with Andrew Samuels 367

28 The United States of Empathy-An Interview with Judith Jordan 379

29 On Election Day, the Voice of the People Will Speak-An Interview with Murray Stein 392

30 Looking for Integrity in America's Political Leaders-An Interview with John Beebe 405

31 American Zeitgeist and a Shift in Ages-An Interview with James Hillman 425

32 The Politics of Anxiety-An Interview with Harriet Lerner 437

33 Trauma: The Hidden Power behind the American Presidency-An Interview with Robert J. Langs 444

Part VI The Soul of America: These Are the Times that Try Men's Souls 459

34 The "Great I Am": America's Mythic Blueprint-An Interview with June Singer 467

35 New Visions of the American Self-An Interview with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 472

36 What Do You Do with Tragedy and Depression in America?-An Interview with James Hillman 484

37 Washington, D.C.: The Political Soul of America-Interviews with James Hillman Thomas Moore 501

38 America's Narcissism: The Key to the Fulfillment of Our Myths and Ideals-An Interview with Thomas Moore 520

39 An Israeli Psychoanalyst Reflects on America's Myth of the Hero-An Interview with Erel Shalit 531

40 America: The Last, Best Hope of the World-An Interview with Edward Edinger 546

Acknowledgments 559

Dramatis Personae 563

Psychological Terms 577

Bibliography 583

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