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What's Wrong with Us?. The Anthropathology Thesis

  • ID: 2251026
  • Book
  • June 2007
  • Region: United States
  • 300 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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What is the scope of the human condition ? What are the origins of universal human problems? What is wrong with education, marriage, religion, and therapy? How likely are we, as humans, to correct these problems?

Colin Feltham, Professor of Critical Counselling Studies at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and member of Crisis: Forum for the Study of Crisis in the 21st Century, argues that the current crises of the human condition are merely symptoms of a chronic wayward tendency, otherwise branded in What s Wrong With Us? as anthropathology. The origins of human suffering are traced with interdisciplinary adeptness, exploring the contemporary issues of human violence, deceit, patriarchy, rapaciousness, child abuse, irrationality and capitalist greed. Our human anthropathology is assessed as being at the heart of such problems.

This book breaks new ground in bringing many anthropathological themes together in a sustained frontal attack on dangerous human anachronisms. We cannot be sure that we can solve our problems but we can be sure that denying them will protract and worsen the situation for both ourselves and our descendants.   

A challenging and enlightening book for students and academics in counselling and psychotherapy, psychology, sociology, philosophy and religion. Also a gripping read for those with a general interest in our current social state.

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About the Author vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xv

Chapter 1 What is Anthropathology? 1

Chapter 2 Origins and Development of Anthropathology 43

Chapter 3 Support and Evidence for the Anthropathology Thesis 71

Chapter 4 Anthropathology Today 95

Chapter 5 Mainstream Arenas of Anthropathology Transmission 117

Chapter 6 What s Wrong with Religion? 142

Chapter 7 What s Wrong with the Psychological Therapies? 165

Chapter 8 What s Wrong with What s Wrong? ? Denying and Refuting Anthropathology 192

Chapter 9 Proposed Solutions to Anthropathology 209

Chapter 10 Taking the Anthropathology Thesis Forward 231

Glossary 254

References 263

Index 277

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Colin Feltham
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