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.
About the Author vii
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
The product of an inquisitive spirit and a fine intellect. As sombre as the message is, I enjoyed reading it. (PsycCRITIQUES, February 2008)
"...a timely awakening, educative, reassuring or cathartic for those in the process of emerging from our culture′s trances of material progressivism..." (Ipnosis, Winter 2007)