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Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson: Against Therapy Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson: Against Therapy Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson: Against Therapy

In this ground-breaking and highly controversial book, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson attacks the very foundations of modern psychotherapy from Freud to Jung, from Fritz Perls to Carl Rodgers. With passion and clarity, Against Therapy addresses the profession's core weaknesses, contending that, since therapy's aim is to change people, and this is achieved according to therapist's own notions and prejudices, the psychological process is necessarily corrupt. With a foreword by the eminent British psychologist Dorothy Rowe, this cogent and convincing book has shattering implications.

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326 oldal · ASIN: B008KPZRDW
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340 oldal · ISBN: 9781567510225

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Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson: Against Therapy

Very useful book, every psychologist should read it, and every person who is planning to undergo therapy. The first part of the book deals with the history and the “fathers” of therapy, big names like Freud and Jung, and proves that their theories and work were not only useless, but outright harmful. After that we glance into the horrors committed in the name of “direct analysis”; so horrific that it still haunts me…
Unfortunately the last part of the book, which examines modern therapeutic trends (including humanistic and feminist therapy) is very brief. Masson explains that although there are new terminology, new methods, and a lot of criticism towards the old ones, the basic idea of therapy remains the same; and that’s why therapy is just as problematic as it was.
The imbalance and inequality in the power relations creates a great risk for the patient, even if the earlier mentioned terrible abuses don’t take place anymore. According to Masson, it is always the therapist who determines what changes would be beneficial for the patient and which direction should the therapy proceed in. It is only a mere illusion that the patient directs the process, no matter how empathic, compassionate and well-intentioned certain therapists are. Moreover, since psychologist are not „better” people, and they didn't manage their life “better” than their patients, there is no basis whatsoever to place one above the other as an expert.
There are very interesting arguments and thoughts in the book. I would be very much interested in more elaborated and detailed analysis of modern therapies in the aspect of usefulness/harmfulness.

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