The Self on the Shelf: Recovery Books and the Good Life

The Self on the Shelf: Recovery Books and the Good Life

by Gary Greenberg

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ISBN-13: 9780791420461
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 08/28/1994
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 287
Product dimensions: 5.95(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Gary Greenberg is a psychotherapist in private practice.

Table of Contents



1. Codependence in Context


"Greed is Good"

Moral Dilemmas of Psychotherapy

Self and Other as Social Constructions

2. The Cat's Grin


The Problem

Self-Help Psychology

The Codependence Literature

Notes on Method: Rationale for a Hermeneutic Analysis

The Necessity of Entering the Circle

Hermeneutics and "Self-Help"

Why the Codependence Literature?

3. The Contours of the Codependence Genre


The Algebra of "Recovery": ACOA + WWLTM = ACDF

The Constituent Texts of the Codependence Literature

The Homogeneity of the Codependence Literature

4. The Codependence Literature as a Moral Discourse

Codependence as a Strong Evaluation

Strong Evaluation Shapes Moral Space

The Codependence Literature as a Narrative Space

5. The Reader's Colloquy with Herself


A Walk in the Woods: A Digression on the "Space of Questions"

The Narrative Induction: Am I a Codependent?

The Cast of the Net

An Interpretive Framework

The Dimension of Dignity: The "Center" Cannot Hold

Dignity as a Private Affair

Dignity as the Expulsion of Others from the Reader's Story

Dignity as the Smooth Functioning of a Machine

The Dimension of Dignity: A Summary

6. The Sole Author in the Social World

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: The Dimension of Respect for and Obligation to Others

Introduction: Obligation as Crossing Over into the Realm of the Other

Obligation as a Serendipity of Self-Love

May I See Your Passport, Please? Obligation as Foreign Policy

Laissez-Faire Obligation

The Twelve-Step Group as the Arena of Obligation

The Dimension of Obligation and Respect: A Summary

The Dimension of a Full Life

Introduction: Horizon as Inescapably Other

The "Higher Power" as the Source of a Full Life

The "Higher Power" as the Divine Within

The "Higher Power" as Santa Claus

Summary and Conclusion

7. The Codependence Literature as an Instance of Nihilism


The Gordian Knot

Othello and Iago

The Dangling Conversation

"The Triumph of the Therapeutic"

"The Eyes of the World''

8. Conclusion: A Reconstitution of Codependence

Introduction: The "Heidegger Problem"

Coda: A Brief Summary of the Argument

A Reconstitution of Codependence

Avenues for Further Research

Appendix A

Appendix B




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